Workforce Development Agreements | ESDC

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

The Government of Canada has established new Workforce Development Agreements (WDAs) with provincial and territorial governments. The Agreements:

  • provide $722 million annually, as well as an additional $900 million from 2017–2018 to 2022–2023, for the development and delivery of programs and services that help Canadians get training, develop their skills and gain work experience;
  • offer flexibility to respond to the diverse employment and skills training needs of Canadians, including those with disabilities and those further removed from the labour market, and employers;
  • consolidate the Canada Job Fund Agreements (which included the Canada Job Grant), the Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities and the former Targeted Initiative for Older Workers. Provinces and territories can continue offering programs similar to those that were offered under the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers and the Canada Job Grant, but also have the flexibility to adapt these models or create new supports to meet local labour markets’ needs; and 
  • complement other Government of Canada transfers to provinces and territories, including the Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs). Programs and services offered through the LMDAs provide skills training and employment supports to eligible individuals, particularly those who are eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits or have contributed to the EI program.
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