Amending agreement no.1 to the Canada-Quebec Workforce development agreement

Information for reference

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

Between
The Government of Canada, (hereinafter “Canada”), as represented by the Minister of Labour styled as the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour;

And
The Government of Quebec, (hereinafter “Quebec”), as represented by the Ministre du Travail, de l’Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale and the Minister responsible for Canadian relations and the Canadian Francophonie.

Hereinafter referred to as “the Parties”.

Preamble

Whereas Canada announced in Budget 2017 an additional investment of $900 million over 6 years, starting in 2017 to 2018, under the new Workforce Development Agreements, to enable more Canadians to access the professional training and job support they need;

Whereas in 2017 to 2018 and in 2018 to 2019, the Parties had not yet entered into the Workforce Development Agreement (hereinafter “the Agreement”) to allow Quebec to receive its share of the funding provided for in the 2017 federal budget for these fiscal years;

Whereas Canada and Quebec entered into the Agreement on July 10, 2019, which is effective as of July 10, 2019 and subsequent fiscal years, unless terminated in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement;

Whereas since this investment is intended to help Quebec workers prepare for employment and to re-enter the workforce, Canada is prepared to pay Quebec, in 2019 to 2020, its share of the 2017 budget funding for the contribution applicable to the costs of Quebec’s employment and training measures and services for fiscal years 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 under the Agreement;

Whereas in order to allow for this payment, the Agreement must be amended, and whereas the Agreement and its annexes may be amended at any time by mutual consent of the Parties, in accordance with section 36.

Therefore, the Parties agree to amend the Agreement as follows:

  1. the Agreement is amended by adding the following title and sections after section 11:

    “Contribution applicable to the costs of Quebec’s employment and training measures and services for fiscal years 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019

    11.1(1) Subject to the terms of this Agreement, Canada agrees to make a maximum contribution to Quebec for the fiscal year 2019 to 2020, for eligible costs incurred in fiscal years 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019, in an amount not exceeding $17,829,790.70 and $63,615,497 respectively

    11.1(2) Canada’s contributions referred to in sub-section (1) must have been spent in accordance with the requirements of this Agreement. Any portion of such contributions that remains unused at the end of their respective fiscal years shall be repaid to Canada in accordance with sections 19 and 20

    11.1(3)(a) For greater certainty, Quebec shall allocate and spend funds on programs that support the employment and training of persons with disabilities:

    1. for fiscal year 2017 to 2018, $2,696,978, and
    2. for fiscal year 2018 to 2019, $43,695,141

    (b) For fiscal year 2018 to 2019, Quebec agrees to contribute $41,303,624 from its own funds for employment and training measures and services for persons with disabilities

    11.1(4) As program administration costs, notwithstanding the provisions of section 14, Quebec may use:

    1. for fiscal year 2017 to 2018, up to $1,782,979 of the contribution payable by Canada pursuant to section 11.1, and
    2. for fiscal year 2018 to 2019, up to $15,185,596 of the contribution payable by Canada pursuant to section 11.1

    11.1(5) Canada shall make its additional contributions pursuant to section 11.1 before the end of fiscal year 2019 to 2020”

  2. Quebec agrees to send Canada a written description of how this additional funding will be used
  3. the Agreement remains unchanged in all other respects
  4. this amending agreement shall be read in conjunction with the Agreement and shall take effect as if its provisions were an integral part of the Agreement
  5. this amending agreement to the Agreement shall take effect upon its signature by the Parties
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