Agreement to Amend the Canada- British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement (Signed on March 23, 2019)

Information for reference

This text copy of the bilateral transfer agreement between the Government of Canada and British Columbia is provided for reference and research purposes only. The final signed version of the agreement is the official version between the parties.

List of acronyms and abbreviations

BC: British Columbia
British Columbia: The Government of British Columbia
Canada: The Government of Canada
EI: Employment Insurance
LMDA: Labour Market Development Agreement

Between

The Government of Canada (hereinafter referred to as "Canada") as represented by the Minister of Employment and Social Development styled as the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and the Canada Employment Insurance Commission

And

The Government of British Columbia (hereinafter referred to as "British Columbia") represented by the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Hereinafter referred to as “the parties”

Preamble

Whereas the parties concluded the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement (“Canada-British Columbia LMDA”) on February 20, 2008;

Whereas the Canada-British Columbia LMDA was amended on April 9, 2009, September 1, 2015, December 15, 2016, and March 27, 2018;

Whereas Canada has announced targeted support measures for workers affected by economic adjustments in the forest sector and the steel and aluminum industries, as well as for workers in seasonal industries;

Whereas the steel and aluminum industries and related industries are currently facing economic adjustments which have resulted in negative impacts on Canadian jobs and workers, Canada is prepared to provide a time-limited targeted increase to the federal contribution to the costs of BC Benefits and Measures for fiscal year 2018-2019 provided under the Canada-British Columbia LMDA to support workers that are directly or indirectly affected by these economic adjustments;

Whereas Canada and British Columbia recognize that workers in seasonal industries are an important part of Canada’s continued prosperity and experience unique labour market challenges due to the cyclical nature of seasonal work and, given Canada announced in its Budget 2018 that it would make available additional funding for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 to the provinces and territories under the Labour Market Development Agreements to support workers in seasonal industries, Canada is prepared to provide a time-limited targeted increase to the federal contribution to the costs of the BC Benefits and Measures for fiscal years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 under the Canada-British Columbia LMDA to support these workers;

Whereas the forest sector and related industries are currently experiencing economic adjustments which have resulted in negative impacts on Canadian jobs and workers; and, Canada has broadened eligibility of economic adjustment measures approved under the Softwood Lumber Action Plan for workers directly or indirectly affected in 2018-2019 and is prepared to provide a time-limited targeted increase to the federal contribution to the costs of the BC Benefits and Measures for fiscal year 2018-2019 under the LMDAs to support workers that are directly or indirectly affected by these economic adjustments;

Therefore, the parties agree to amend the Canada-British Columbia LMDA, as amended from time to time, as follows:

Clauses

  1. The Canada-British Columbia LMDA is amended by adding the following headings and Articles after Article 14D.2:

    “Targeted Time-Limited Increase in Contribution to Costs of BC Benefits and Measures to Support Workers in the Steel and Aluminum and Related Industries

    14E Notwithstanding anything in Article 14, in fiscal year 2018-2019, Canada agrees to increase the maximum contribution payable to British Columbia under Article 14 based on the following allocation methodology, rounded to the nearest dollar.

    A minimum allocation of $500,000 is provided to British Columbia if there is direct employment and indirect employment in steel and aluminum in the Province of British Columbia and where the following formula results in an allocation below $500,000:
    • (A/B) x $25 million

      Where

      A is the number of workers directly and indirectly employed in the steel and aluminum industries in British Columbia in 2016; and

      B is the total number of workers directly and indirectly employed in the steel and aluminum industries in Canada in 2016.

    If British Columbia is not receiving the minimum allocation and where there is direct employment and indirect employment in steel and aluminum in the Province of British Columbia, the maximum contribution payable under 14E towards the costs of BC Benefits and Measures is determined by the following formula, rounded to the nearest dollar:
    • (A/B) x C

      Where

      A is the number of workers directly and indirectly employed in the steel and aluminum industries in British Columbia in 2016;

      B is the total number of workers directly and indirectly employed in the steel and aluminum industries in Canada in 2016; and

      C is the $25 million investment to support workers in the steel and aluminum industries made available to provinces and territories, less the amount distributed under the $500,000 minimum allocation.

    Direct employment in the steel and aluminum industries is based on Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census Table 98-400-X2016290 and North American Industry Classification System codes 3311, 3312 and 3313.

    Indirect employment in the steel and aluminum industries is based on a National Job Multiplier of 3.14 for North American Industry Classification System code 3311, 3.01 for North American Industry Classification System code 3312, and 2.20 for North American Industry Classification System code 3313.

    Funding for fiscal year 2019-2020 may be revised to take into account actual job losses related to the economic adjustments in the steel and aluminum industries.

    Targeted Time-Limited Increase in Contribution to Costs of BC Benefits and Measures to Support Workers in Seasonal Industries

    14F Notwithstanding anything in Article 14, for fiscal years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, Canada agrees to increase the total maximum contribution payable to British Columbia in each of fiscal years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 under Article 14 based on the following allocation methodology, rounded to the nearest dollar.

    A minimum allocation of $500,000 is provided to British Columbia if the following formula results in an allocation below $500,000:
    • (A/B) x $41 million

      Where

      A is the number of Employment Insurance (EI) Regular Beneficiaries (total completed seasonal claims according to Employment Insurance Program administrative data) in 2016-2017 in EI Economic Regions in British Columbia where the unemployment rate was over 6.3% (the average national unemployment rate for 2017 according to the Labour Force Survey published by Statistics Canada); and

      B is the number of EI Regular Beneficiaries (total completed seasonal claims according to Employment Insurance Program administrative data) in 2016-2017 in all EI Economic Regions in Canada where the unemployment rate was over 6.3%.

    If British Columbia is not receiving the minimum allocation, the total maximum contribution payable under Article 14F towards the costs of BC Benefits and Measures is determined by the following formula, rounded to the nearest dollar:
    • (A/B) x C

      Where

      A is the number of EI Regular Beneficiaries (total completed seasonal claims according to Employment Insurance Program administrative data) in 2016-2017 EI Economic Regions in British Columbia where the unemployment rate was over 6.3% (the average national unemployment rate for 2017 according to the Labour Force Survey);

      B is the number of EI Regular Beneficiaries (total completed seasonal claims according to Employment Insurance Program administrative data) in 2016-2017 in all EI Economic Regions in Canada where the unemployment rate was over 6.3%, excluding provinces and territories that are receiving the $500,000 minimum allocation funding floor; and

      C is the $41 million investment to support workers in seasonal industries made available to provinces and territories, less the amount distributed under the $500,000 minimum allocation.

    Targeted Time-Limited Increase in Contribution to Costs of BC Benefits and Measures for Workers in the Forest Sector and Related Industries

    14G Notwithstanding anything in Article 14, in fiscal year 2018-2019, Canada agrees to increase the maximum contribution payable to British Columbia under Article 14 based on the allocation methodology noted below rounded to the nearest dollar:
    • ((A/B) x 0.5 + (C/D) x 0.5) x $25 million,

      Where

      A is the total number of workers employed in the forest sector in British Columbia in 2016, based on the CANSIM table 383-0031* under North American Industry Classification System codes 113, 1153, 321, and 322;

      B is the total number of workers employed in the forest sector in the five provinces with the most workers employed in the forest sector in 2016, based on the CANSIM table 383-0031* under North American Industry Classification System codes 113, 1153, 321, and 322;

      C is the total number of forest sector jobs lost in British Columbia between April 2017 and January 2018 based on reports from Service Canada; and,

      D based on reports from Service Canada, is the total number of forest sector jobs lost between the months of April 2017 and January 2018 in the five provinces with the most individuals employed in the forest sector in 2016.

    * Total numbers are released in the spring following the end of the reference period, while revised numbers are published in the fall of the same year. The fall release also comprises revisions of numbers from the three previous years. As such, the data currently available may differ from the data available at the time of allocation.”
  2. The Canada-British Columbia LMDA is amended by adding the following headings and Articles, after Article 16.4:

    “Targeted Time-Limited Increase in Contribution to Costs of BC Benefits and Measures to Support Workers in the Steel and Aluminum and Related Industries

    16.5 Canada will make payments of its increase in contribution to British Columbia towards the Costs of the BC Benefits and Measures as determined under Article 14E in two installments, as follows:
    • 16.5.1 The amount of the first installment equal to one-half (50%) of the increase determined under Article 14E will be paid upon the signing by both parties of this amending agreement; and

      16.5.2 The amount of the second installment equal to one-half (50%) of the increase determined under Article 14E will be paid upon a written request from British Columbia, and such request must be received by Canada no later than March 1, 2019.

    Targeted Time-Limited Increase in Contribution to Costs of BC Benefits and Measures to Support Workers in Seasonal Industries

    16.6 Canada will make payments of its increase in contribution to British Columbia towards the costs of the BC Benefits and Measures as determined under Article 14F, as follows:
    • 16.6.1 The amount for 2018-2019 will be paid in two equal installments totaling (50%) of the increase determined under Article 14F. The amount of the first installment will be paid upon the signing by both parties of this amending agreement and the amount of the second installment will be paid at the written request of British Columbia. This request must be received by Canada no later than March 1, 2019; and,

      16.6.2 Subject to Canada’s Treasury Board approval of expenditures under Part II of the EI Act for 2019-2020, the amount for 2019-2020 will be paid in two equal installments totaling (50%) of the increase determined under Article 14F. The amount of the first installment and the amount of the second installment will be paid after April 1, 2019 upon the written request of British Columbia for each installment. These requests must be received by Canada after March 1, 2019 and no later than February 3, 2020.

    Targeted Time-Limited Increase in Contribution to Costs of BC Benefits and Measures for Workers in the Forest Sector and Related Industries

    16.7 Canada will make payments of its increase in contribution to British Columbia towards the costs of the BC Benefits and Measures as determined under Article 14G in two installments, as follows:
    • 16.7.1 The amount of the first installment equal to one-half (50%) of the increase determined under Article 14G will be paid upon the signing by both parties of this amending agreement; and

      16.7.2 The amount of the second installment equal to one-half (50%) of the increase determined under Article 14G will be paid upon written request from British Columbia, and such request must be received by Canada no later than March 1, 2019.”
  3. The Canada-British Columbia LMDA is amended by adding the following, after Article 8.4:

    “8.5 The parties agree that results measurement and reporting related to the increase of funding provided under Articles 14E and 14G for fiscal year 2018-2019 and Article 14F for fiscal years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, will be consistent with the process described in Annex 4 to this Agreement entitled ‘Performance Measurement Strategy and Targets’.”
  4. This amending agreement will not impact the allocation methodology established by Canada for allocating among provinces and territories the funding approved each year by Canada for expenditures under Part II of the EI Act (currently $1.95 billion per year), which, the parties acknowledge, is the allocation method described in the letter dated June 26, 1996, from the Deputy Minister of the Department of Human Resources Development to the Deputy Minister of Education, Skills and Training.
  5. In all other respects, the Canada-British Columbia LMDA shall remain unchanged.
  6. This amending agreement shall be read together with the Canada-British Columbia LMDA as amended from time to time and takes effect as if its provisions were part of the Canada-British Columbia LMDA.
  7. This amending agreement comes into force once it has been signed by both parties.

Signed on behalf of Canada
in Gatineau
this 19 day of March, 2019

____________________________
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Employment and Social Development styled as the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

____________________________
Graham Flack
Chairperson, Canada Employment Insurance Commission

Signed on behalf of British Columbia
in Victoria
this 23 day of March 2019

____________________________
The Honourable Shane Simpson
Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

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