Category Archives: Labour Market Agreements

Thoughts on Ontario’s Budget

Ontario’s 2019 budget[1], released on April 11, contains a few announcements relevant to the adult education and training sector. Several efforts mentioned in the budget are directed at the automotive sector in response to the shutting down of GM’s Oshawa … 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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Literacy & Numeracy recognized in Poverty Reduction Strategy

On August 21, 2018, Jean-Yves Dulcos, Minister of Families Children and Social Development, released Opportunity for All: Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy / Une chance pour tous : la première Stratégie canadienne de réduction de la pauvreté. This document is … Continue reading

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Hidden Gems: Evaluation of the Labour Market Development Agreements | The Welfare State Matters….

For anyone working with the unemployed and return to work efforts, this post by Donna Wood is worth a read: The Labour Market Development Agreements or LMDAs are the mechanism used by the Government of Canada to transfer Employment Insurance … Continue reading

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Budget 2018 – my thoughts and comments

The federal government tabled its 2018 budget on February 27th while I happened to be vacationing in sunny Cuba (the nerve, indeed!). Hence, this not particularly timely post with my take on the budget. Budget 2018 is built on a … Continue reading

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Who Should be Helped First? Employed Workers or the Unemployed?

Originally posted on The Welfare State Matters….:
With government resources always limited, would Canadians prefer that we spend more on training employed workers over the unemployed? I think this is unlikely. Yet that is exactly what the federal government’s Advisory…

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