Canada – Northwest Territories Amending Agreement (Amendment No. 2 to Annex 1)

Note: By agreement of the Parties, the agreement was signed in English only. The French version is provided for convenience only. In the event of a conflict with the English version, the English version prevails.

Between

The Government of Canada (herein referred to as “Canada”), as represented by the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and the Canada Employment Insurance Commission

And

The Government of Northwest Territories (herein referred to as “Northwest Territories”), as represented by the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment

Whereas Canada and Northwest Territories entered into a Labour Market Development Agreement on February 27, 1998 (hereinafter referred to as “LMDA”), in which Canada and Northwest Territories agreed to certain arrangements relating to the provision of contributions by Canada pursuant to section 63 of the Employment Insurance Act to support the costs of benefits and measures (referred to in the LMDA as “Territorial Benefits and Measures”) provided by Northwest Territories that are similar to Canada’s employment benefits and support measures and that are consistent with the purpose and guidelines of Part II of the Employment Insurance Act;

Whereas in accordance with sections 3.3 and 3.4 of the LMDA, Canada and Northwest Territories wish to amend Annex 1 of the LMDA entitled "Description of Territorial Benefits and Measures" to reflect modifications to the design of Territorial benefits and measures that have been made by Northwest Territories and that Canada has accepted as meeting the requirement for similarity as outlined in section 63(a) of the Employment Insurance Act; and

Whereas in accordance with section 24.2 of the LMDA the Designated Officials of the Parties may sign amendments to the Annexes to the LMDA,

Now, therefore, Canada and Northwest Territories agree as follows:

  1. Annex 1 of the Canada-Northwest Territories LMDA is hereby replaced in its entirety by the attached Annex 1, Description of Territorial Benefits and Measures, which shall be binding on the parties effective as of the date of signing of this Amending Agreement.
  2. The LMDA in all other respects shall remain the same.
  3. This Amending Agreement shall be read together with the Agreement and shall take effect as if its provisions were contained in the Agreement.

Signed on behalf of Canada this 22nd day of November, 2011.

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Witness

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Andy Netzel

Executive Head Service Management,

Western Canada and Territories Region

Service Canada

Signed on behalf of Northwest Territories this 1st day of November, 2011.

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Witness

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Dan Daniels

Deputy Minister

Department of Education, Culture and Employment

Canada-Northwest Territories labour market development agreement

Annex 1 - Description of territorial benefits and measures

1.0 Purpose

1.1 The purpose of this Annex to the Canada-Northwest Territories Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA) is to describe programs and services also referred to as the benefits and measures that will be provided by Northwest Territories.

2.0 Objectives

2.1 The objective of the territorial benefits and measures is to assist individuals to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment and to reduce their dependency on government forms of income support including Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and social assistance.

2.2 The Parties acknowledge that it is the responsibility of Northwest Territories to select priority clients for territorial benefits and measures. However, Northwest Territories acknowledges that only insured participants (as defined in section 1.2 of this Agreement) are eligible to receive territorial benefits funded under this Agreement.

3.0 Territorial benefits

3.1 Northwest Territories will provide a broad range of benefits to enable insured participants to prepare for, obtain, and return to employment.

  • a) Building essential skills

    Northwest Territories will provide financial assistance to insured participants, including apprentices, to help develop the job-related skills needed by employers and thereby enhance their future employability. This benefit will include the costs ordinarily paid by Northwest Territories over and above the amounts recovered through tuition fees, with respect to each insured participant receiving financial assistance under this program and attending a publicly funded training institution.
  • b) Wage subsidies

    Northwest Territories may provide wage subsidies to employers to encourage them to employ insured participants who are at risk of extended periods of unemployment and provide financial support to client for work tools and equipment if required.
  • c) Self employment option

    Northwest Territories will provide self-employment services to assist EI clients to start businesses and become self employed. Services may include entrepreneurship training, individualized coaching and client supports.
  • d) Building and learning strategy

    Northwest Territories may provide financial assistance to projects that provide insured participants with employment through which they can gain work experience and develop skills that improve their long-term employment prospects.

4.0 Territorial measures

4.1 Northwest Territories will offer three territorial measures.

  • a) Employment assistance services

    Northwest Territories will provide financial assistance to third-party organizations that provide employment services to unemployed persons, such as labour market information, assessment and counselling, career action planning, case management, and direct referral to program placement, to help clients prepare for, obtain, and return to employment.
  • b) Labour market partnerships

    Northwest Territories will provide financial assistance to employers, employee or employer associations, community groups and communities for labour market activities that promote labour force development, workforce adjustments and effective human resources planning. It is understood that Labour Market Partnerships may be used to provide assistance for employed persons who are facing unemployment.
  • c) Research and innovation

    Northwest Territories will provide funding to support research, planning and innovative activities that identify better ways of helping persons to prepare for, obtain, and keep employment and be productive participants in the labour force.
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