2012-2017 Evaluation of the Canada-Alberta Labour Market Development Agreement Summary

From : Employment and Social Development Canada

Labour Market Development Agreement

  • $118.7M is invested annually to help unemployed EI eligible Albertans find and maintain employment.
  • Alberta designs and delivers programs and services similar to Employment Benefits and Support Measures.
  • Programs and services include Skills Development (Work Foundations/Occupational Training), Skills Development Apprentices, Workplace Training, Integrated Training and Immigrant Bridging as well as Career and Employment Information Services.

Alberta Programs and Services in 2015 to 2016

  Number of New Interventions Total Expenditure
Skills Development (Work Foundations/Occupational Training) 854 $76,700,000
Skills Development – Apprentices 23,897
Career and Employment Information Services 217,262 $22,543,000
Integrated Training and Immigrant Bridging 651 $8,012,000
Self-Employment 91 $879,000
Workplace Training 36 $412,000

Key Findings for the 2002 to 2005 and 2006 to 2008 Cohorts of Participants

  • Improved the labour market attachment of participants (compared to non-participants)
  • Overall increase in EI use and decrease in the use of Social Assistance
  • Providing Career and  Employment Information Services early during unemployment claim produced larger employment and earning impacts
  • Social benefits of participation exceeded costs of investments for most interventions

Evaluation reports are available on Employment and Social Development Canada’s website.

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