Labour Market Development Agreement

Information for reference

These text copies of bilateral transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and individual provinces and territories are provided for reference and research purposes only. The final signed versions of the agreements are the official versions between the parties.

Skills Training and Employment Supports

The Government of Canada understands the importance of helping Canadians get the training they need to find and keep good jobs. Each year, the Government of Canada invests over $2 billion in the Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs) with provinces and territories so they can support unemployed Canadians with employment assistance and training.

Under the LMDAs, Employment Benefits enable current and former Employment Insurance (EI) claimants to gain skills and work experience through a combination of interventions such as training and wage subsidies. LMDAs also support the provision of employment assistance services for all unemployed Canadians.

Decisions regarding the delivery of employment programs and services funded through the LMDAs are the responsibility of the provincial/territorial governments, and they have the flexibility to develop labour market programming best suited to their specific needs.

Through Budget 2016, the Government of Canada committed to providing an additional $125 million to province and territories in 2016-17 under the LMDAs to help ensure unemployed Canadians can access the training and supports they need to develop their skills and pursue opportunities for a better future.

Budget 2016 also committed to conducting broad-based consultations with provinces, territories and stakeholders in 2016-2017 to identify ways to improve the LMDAs and other agreements and guide future investments to strengthen labour market programming.



British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia



Prince Edward Island




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