Category Archives: Employment and Social Development Canada

The Mowat Centre closes

Another policy think tank has closed its doors. The Mowat Centre closed its doors this week. The announcement cited the cancellation of its funding agreement with the Ontario government as the reason. The Mowat Centre focused on policy related to … Continue reading

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Future Skills Centre – Call for Proposals

The Future Skills Centre launched its first call for proposals on April 2nd. “The FSC-CCF is seeking proposals for innovative projects that help fill gaps in training opportunities for mid-career workers. The Centre will work with successful project proponents to … Continue reading

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Comments on the 2019 Federal Budget

On March 19, 2019, the Minister of Finance released Budget 2019. As news stories preceding the release of the budget had suggested, Budget 2019 has a strong skills component. 1. Canada Training Benefit Starting in 2019-20, the federal government will … Continue reading

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Remembering Donna Wood

I was shocked to learn of Donna Wood’s death last month. For those who did not know her, Donna was a leading expert on Employment Insurance (EI), Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDA), Labour Market Agreements (LMA), the Canada Job Fund … Continue reading

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Future Skills Council membership announced

Today the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour along with the Minister of Finance, made a full announcement about the Future Skills Centre and the Future Skills Council. (Eagle-eyed readers will have caught an error in an earlier blog … Continue reading

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REVISED – 2017-2018 Projects Funded by OLES

THIS IS AN EDITED POST. AN EARLIER POST WHICH I’VE DELETED HAD INCORRECT INFORMATION. MY APOLOGIES. Last week I posted the federal government’s spending for the Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program managed by the Office of Literacy and … Continue reading

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Federal government spending on literacy and essential skills

Followers of my blog will know that I’ve been tracking the federal government’s spending on literacy and essential skills. One of my concerns has been the underspending by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) since the mid-2000s. I … Continue reading

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