Leadership Committee: Terms of reference
Atlantic Premiers and federal Ministers have agreed to work together as a Leadership Committee on an Atlantic Growth Strategy - an approach and actions to advance inclusive growth in Atlantic Canada through enhanced federal and provincial collaboration.
Principles of the Atlantic Growth Strategy
Collaboration - Support a coordinated and collaborative approach among the federal and four provincial governments that increases the impact of key interventions.
Pan-Atlantic - Emphasize region-wide approaches.
Alignment - Ensure actions align with national priorities/strategies and the priorities of each Atlantic province.
Engagement - Engage and consult with regional stakeholders in Atlantic Canada.
Inclusiveness - Foster economic growth, improve living standards and share the benefits of increased prosperity more evenly across social groups, including women and Indigenous peoples.
Outcome-driven - Identify clear and realistic outcomes.
Accountability - Report on results in 2017 and on an ongoing basis.
Building on existing federal and provincial priorities and initiatives, the Atlantic Growth Strategy is based on the following five pillars of action:
- Skilled workforce/immigration - Enhance the region's capacity to develop, deploy and retain a skilled labour force and making Atlantic Canada a destination of choice for immigrants, while also supporting labour market participation for unemployed and underemployed Canadians, including under-represented groups such as Indigenous peoples, older workers, and persons with disabilities; support the Forum of Labour Market Ministers to address persistent and emerging labour market needs.
- Innovation - Foster greater business innovation by scaling up small firms, promoting technology transfer, commercialization of research and value-added in both emerging and traditional sectors such as agriculture, fisheries and forestry.
- Clean growth and climate change - Stimulate economic growth, create clean jobs and drive innovation in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
- Trade and investment - Expand tourism, trade and investment between Atlantic Canada and international markets.
- Infrastructure - Invest in regionally significant infrastructure projects that support long-term growth in Atlantic Canada and position the region to capitalize on global trade opportunities, enhance productivity, and attract foreign investment.
Scope of Work
The Leadership Committee will:
- Identify shared economic priorities and collaborate on the design and implementation of actions that advance the Atlantic Growth Strategy.
- Provide direction to their respective officials for implementation of the Strategy through a collaborative approach.
- Ensure input into the process by Indigenous peoples and stakeholders.
- Monitor progress and report publicly on results in 2017 and on an ongoing basis.
Federal-Provincial Governance: The Leadership Committee will be supported by a Committee of Federal-provincial Senior Officials.
Atlantic Growth Advisory Group: A committee of business and other leaders will provide strategic advice to the Leadership Committee.
Note: Other federal Ministers with responsibilities for work which is aligned with the five pillars of the approach may be involved on an ad hoc basis.
Frequency and Location of Meetings
Meetings will take place twice annually and will rotate location.
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