Current FLMM Activities and Initiatives
The Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM) is engaged in work in four priority areas: the mobility of workers, effective employment services, workforce development, and labour market information.
Mobility of Workers
As labour markets shift, the ability for workers to have access to employment opportunities in all regions of the country will be increasingly important. Presently, there are two FLMM working groups tackling these issues, the Labour Mobility Coordinating Group and the Foreign Qualifications Recognition Working Group. A provincial-territorial initiative also led to provisions to facilitate apprentices mobility.
Labour Mobility Coordinating Group
The Labour Mobility Coordinating Group (LMCG) comprises officials from signatories to the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT). The LMCG coordinates implementation of Chapter 7 (Labour Mobility) of the AIT on the FLMM´s behalf.
The LMCG´s role is to:
- Advise regulatory bodies of their obligations and provide support and advice throughout the process;
- Oversee recognition and reconciliation processes;
- Develop policy options to address recurring mobility barriers;
- Monitor and evaluate results of negotiations to assess whether compliance to Chapter 7 of the AIT has been met; and
- Respond to worker inquiries.
For more information on the LMCG, please visit their website.
Foreign Qualifications Recognition Working Group
As a result of direction given by Premiers and the Prime Minister, in January 2009, the FLMM established a working group to develop a principles-based framework to improve foreign qualifications recognition (FQR) processes across Canada. In November 2009 the FLMM released A Pan-Canadian Framework for the Assessment and Recognition of Foreign Qualifications. In order to achieve the desired outcomes set out in the framework, the working group is undertaking initiatives to increase the fairness, transparency, timeliness, and consistency of foreign qualifications assessment and recognition processes across a pathway from pre-arrival to workforce participation. Pathway steps and desired outcomes include:
- Preparation and pre-arrival supports: As early as possible in the immigration process, immigrants will have access to reliable and accurate information and assessment services.
- Assessment: Methods used for assessing foreign qualifications will be reasonable and objective, and regulatory authorities will share information regarding the approaches they use with their regulatory counterparts in other departments.
- Recognition: Decisions will be clearly and comprehensively communicated in a timely fashion.
- Individual supports: Immigrants will be made aware of and have access to training opportunities so that they may upgrade their qualifications as required in order to enter the workforce.
- Workforce participation: Immigrants and employers will be able to access supports in order to bridge immigrants successfully into the workforce in a timely fashion.
Following its release, this group has been working with regulatory bodies to implement the Framework across Canada on an occupation by occupation basis. Target occupations for 2009-2010 included architects, engineers, financial auditors and accountants, medical laboratory technologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, and registered nurses. Target occupations for 2011-2012 include dentists, engineering technicians, licensed practical nurses, medical radiation technologists, physicians, and teachers (K-12).
*While the Quebec government has not endorsed the Framework, it supports its principles and agrees to share public reports already made to its citizens, notably those tabled at the National Assembly.
To read the most recent report from on the FQR Framework, please visit our meetings and news page.
Provincial and Territorial Initiative for Apprentice Mobility
On July 16, 2015, Canada's Premiers signed the Provincial-Territorial Apprentice Mobility Protocol, establishing a framework to facilitate apprentices mobility to pursue jobs anywhere in Canada without interruption to their continuum of training. Ministers responsible for apprenticeship also signed a Provincial-Territorial Mobility Agreement which détails jurisdictional commitments to facilitate apprentices being able to work temporarily or move permanently between provincial and territories and receive recognition for hours worked and other training completed. To read the complete press release, please visit our meetings and news page.
To obtain more information, please refer to the Provincial-Territorial Apprentice Mobilty Guidelines, or for detailed mobility processes for each province or territory, refer to the Provincial-Territorial Apprentice Mobility Transfer Guide.
Effective Employment Services
The Effective Employment Services Working Group supports sustained attachment to the labour force by fostering collaboration, information sharing, and connecting workers with employers. Employment services that effectively support Canadians in acquiring and maintaining employment is a desired outcome of this working group.
The current priorities of the Effective Employment Services Working Group are:
- Explore enhanced employment measures for all Canadians;
- Review coordination between EI Parts I and II to ensure Canadians are able to return to work quickly; and
- Improve federal-provincial-territorial coordination on the use of labour market data to support the needs of job seekers and employers to increase long-term attachment to the labour market.
As the labour market is continually evolving, employment skills development is essential in order to optimize productivity, as well as labour attraction and retention. The Workforce Development Working Group looks to ensure that Canadians have the right knowledge and experience necessary to fully participate in the labour market.
The current priorities of the Workforce Development Working Group are:
- Explore ways to encourage employers to increase training, apprenticeship, and learning opportunities that allow Canadians to upgrade their skills while working;
- Review the measures that can be implemented by relevant jurisdictions to enhance Canadians´ literacy and essential skills as a key to success in the labour market; and
- Identify potential solutions for the full participation of historically under-represented groups in the workforce.
Additional priorities that are essential to supporting the work of both Effective Employment Services and Workforce Development include:
- Design and implement mechanisms to share research findings and, where appropriate, collaborate on research, to inform evidence-based decision making;
- Support information sharing on best practices and the range of programs available to meet the unique training, employment, and support needs of Canadian labour markets; and
- Explore flexibilities within existing labour market agreements, funding mechanisms, and program design.
Labour Market Information
Accurate and reliable information is key to ensuring policy decisions are based on sound evidence and will have the greatest impact on Canadians. Through the FLMM's Labour Market Information (LMI) Working Group, governments undertake projects that address areas of mutual interest and concern related to knowledge, facts, data, and relevant institutional information on the supply and demand of labour.
Labour market information is permeated throughout the work of the FLMM and is integral to the work of all of the current Working Groups.
The current priorities of the LMI Working Group are:
- Improve the collection and production of local, provincial-territorial, and national labour market information; and
- Improve the accessibility, dissemination, and usability of labour market information.
For more information on the LMI Working Group, please visit their website.