2012-2017 Evaluation of the Labour Market Development Agreements Evaluation Summary

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2012-2017 Evaluation of the Labour Market Development Agreements Evaluation Summary

Source: Strategic and Service Policy Branch Evaluation Directorate

Labour Market Development Agreements:

  • ESDC invests $2.14B annually to help unemployed EI eligible Canadians find and maintain employment.
  • The Employment Benefits and Support Measures are designed and delivered by provinces and territories.
  • Programs and services examined include Skills Development, Skills Development-Apprentices, Targeted Wage Subsidies, Job Creation Partnerships and Employment Assistance Services.

The four key evaluation results:

  • Improved the labour market attachment of participants in general (compared to non-participants)
  • Reduced dependence on employment insurance and social assistance
  • Providing employment assistance services early during unemployment produced larger impacts
  • Social benefits of participation exceeded costs of investments for most interventions

Non experimental approach to estimating incremental impacts on earnings

Participants
Average annual earnings Before participation After participation Change in earnings
$30,000 $38,000 $8,000
Comparison group
Average annual earnings Before participation After participation Change in earnings
$31,000 $36,000 $5,000

Incremental Impact (Change due to program participation): + $3,000 (in other words, $8,000 - $5,000)

Total expenditures and number of interventions for 2014/2015 by province and territory

Province/Territory Total expenditure Number of interventions
Yukon $3.6M 520
Northwest Territories $4.3M 1,144
British Columbia $296.9M 209,646
Alberta $118.7M 236,476
Saskatchewan $41.9M 18,409
Manitoba $49.2M 60,587
Nunavut $3.1M 934
Ontario $627.5M 172,667
Quebec $638.8M 281,152
New Brunswick $98.8M 33,854
Nova Scotia $89M 31,220
Prince Edward Island $28.3M 7,588
Newfoundland and Labrador $131.1M 24,336

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