Labour Market Agreements | ESDC

To increase labour market participation of groups that are under-represented in Canada's labour force and to enhance the employability and skills of the labour force, the Government of Canada created six-year agreements (known as Labour Market Agreements) with all provinces and territories in 2007. Through these agreements, the Government provided funding for provincial and territorial labour market programs and services for:

  • unemployed persons who were not eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and
  • employed persons who did not have a high school diploma or recognized certification, or had low levels of literacy and essential skills.

These agreements expired on March 31, 2014. The Government of Canada has renewed and transformed these agreements with provinces and territories into new Canada Job Fund Agreements, which include the Canada Job Grant, as announced in Economic Action Plan 2013 and 2014.

The Governments of Canada and Quebec have negotiated an agreement for the transfer of funds under the Canada Job Fund. This agreement recognizes that the key principles behind the Canada Job Grant-greater employer involvement and employer investment in training-are already formally and legislatively entrenched in the Quebec training system.

Agreements and Reports


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia



Prince Edward Island




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