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

From : Employment and Social Development Canada

Labour Market Development Agreement

  • ESDC invests $280M is invested annually to help unemployed EI eligible British Columbians find and maintain employment.
  • British Columbia designs and delivers programs and services similar to Employment Benefits and Support Measures.
  • Programs and services include Training Services (including Apprentices), Wage Subsidy Work Experience Placement, Self-Employment, Job Creation Partnerships and Employment Assistance Services.
Program/Service Number of Interventions
2014 to 2015
Total Expenditure
2014 to 2015
Training Services 3,367 $140,459,000
Training Services - Apprentices 12,399
Employment Assistance Services 190,141 $92,890,000
Self-Employment 1,946 $10,483,000
Job Creation Partnerships 498 $6,853,000
Wage Subsidy Work Experience Placement 1,295 $5,893,000

Key Results

  • Improved the labour market attachment of participants (compared to non-participants)
  • Reduced dependence on income support for most participants.
  • Providing Employment Assistance Services early during unemployment claim produced larger 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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