Response to Parliamentary Committees and External Audits

Official title: Employment and Social Development Canada 2015–2016 Departmental Performance Report

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Response to parliamentary committees

Renewal of the Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDA)

Summary: On April 29, 2014, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) agreed to study labour market challenges in the context of the renewal of Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs). On January 28, 2015, HUMA tabled the resulting report, entitled Renewal of the Labour Market Development Agreements.

The report made 19 recommendations related to: accountability and performance measurement; labour market information; program eligibility; reaching unemployed Canadians as soon as possible after employment; employer engagement; and other topics. The report also requested a Government Response.

The Government tabled its response in May 2015.

Response to the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)

Office of the Auditor General Performance Audit – Implementing Gender-Based Analysis

2015 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada
Report 1 – Implementing Gender-Based Analysis

Summary: This audit examined whether selected departments adequately performed gender-based analysis (GBA) to inform government decisions, and whether Status of Women Canada and the central agencies appropriately supported the implementation of GBA throughout the federal government. The audit also examined the Government of Canada’s follow-up to the Office of the Auditor General’s 2009 recommendations, none of which were directed at Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). In terms of ESDC, of the four initiatives examined, the audit noted that the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers only met one of the three main requirements for GBA, while the Canada Apprentice Loan Program did not meet any.

Note: Employment and Social Development Canada received no recommendations pertaining to its implementation of Gender-Based Analysis.

Office of the Auditor General Audit of the Canada Pension Plan Disability Program

2015 Fall Reports of the Auditor General of Canada
Report 6 – Canada Pension Plan Disability Program 

Summary: This audit examined how Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) facilitated access to the Canada Pension Plan Disability program for applicants who wanted to apply for benefits, have their case reconsidered, or have their cases appealed. It also reviewed whether applications and reconsideration decisions were processed in a consistent and timely manner; and whether ESDC implemented a plan to complete the transition of responsibilities of the Office of the Commissioner of Review Tribunals to the Social Security Tribunal. Seven of the chapter’s eight recommendations are directed at ESDC.

Note: Of the seven recommendations directed to ESDC, the Department has fully addressed six. The remaining recommendation has been substantially addressed with only one outstanding element on schedule to be completed by December 2016.

Response to external audits conducted by the Public Service Commission of Canada or the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages

Nil.

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