Labour Market Information Council   

The Creation of the Labour Market Information Council for Canada

On July 8, 2015, federal, provincial and territorial Labour Market Ministers endorsed the creation of a new Labour Market Information (LMI) Council and a complementary new National Stakeholder Advisory Panel (see July 8, 2015 Communique). The LMI Council will identify pan-Canadian priorities for the collection, analysis and distribution of LMI. It will help ensure better value from existing LMI investments across Canada and foster the exploration of new opportunities for collaboration among governments and with stakeholders.

The Council's mandate is to improve the timeliness, reliability, and accessibility of LMI to facilitate decision making by students, workers, job seekers, employers, and policy makers, in support of a flexible, efficient labour market.

The National Stakeholder Advisory Panel 

The Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM) is recruiting volunteers to become members of the National Stakeholder Advisory Panel (NSAP). The NSAP is an important body that will help guide the overall activities of the LMI Council including identification of specific priorities on an annual basis. The NSAP will be comprised of non-government LMI stakeholders possessing substantial knowledge and expertise in one or more areas of LMI, including data, analysis and distribution. In addition, membership will reflect, to the greatest extent possible, the diversity of LMI stakeholders and regional differences. The initial commitment is a two-year term, with the option of holding two consecutive terms. This work will be conducted in both French and English.

Applicants will be assessed by a Nomination Committee, consisting of federal, provincial and territorial representatives, according to the roles, responsibilities and qualifications outlined below. This will be balanced by regional representation and board diversity considerations. The deadline for the receipt of applications which comprises a Letter of Interest and current résumé with references is December 9, 2016

Roles and Responsibilities

The purpose of the NSAP is to provide strategic advice to the LMI Council on annual priorities and other activities at the Council's discretion. The NSAP will complement stakeholder engagement activities currently undertaken by federal-provincial-territorial governments individually.

Core responsibilities of the Panel include:

  • Providing annual recommendations to the Council on the top priority innovations and strategic initiatives to improve LMI on a national basis and in each region of Canada;
  • Identification of future trends and requirements for LMI in Canada, plus opportunities to improve knowledge sharing;
  • Identification of the most promising areas of innovation and strategic initiatives in Canada and internationally that have the potential to responsively and sustainably improve LMI;
  • Acting as a sounding board for the LMI Council as required; and
  • Assisting with the promotion of the LMI Council and engagement with key stakeholders and interested parties.

To foster an understanding of the LMI Council and support its efforts, Panel members will also be encouraged to:

  • Review the planning documents of the Council;
  • Provide LMI users and producers' perspectives to the Council to promote relevant LMI;
  • Act as an active ambassador and promoter of the Council, including encouraging non-governmental stakeholders to participate in Innovative Partnerships; and
  • Share relevant research and analysis on national and international LMI trends and initiatives.

Qualifications

Members of the NSAP must possess the following qualifications:

  1. Solid knowledge of their particular subfield within LMI, including data, analysis and dissemination;
  2. Recognized status in the LMI community;
  3. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly to other stakeholder groups and the public; and
  4. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with the full range of LMI stakeholders to achieve the best results for Canadians.

Expectations of Panel Members

The Panel will identify gaps, informed by stakeholders, and provide recommendations for the strategic priorities two months before the Council's fiscal year-end to inform annual planning activities of Council management.

In order to advance its work, the Panel could undertake a range of activities, including:

  • Providing the perspective of LMI users and producers to inform the priorities and activities of the Council;
  • Engaging in discussions to exchange perspectives, establish a shared understanding of issues, identify key themes and develop advice;
  • Collaborating with the Council at key milestones to receive direction and exchange views on key topics for further exploration; and
  • Inviting guests with relevant experience and expertise in key areas and issues to share research and engage in dialogues regarding LMI.

Meetings will be held twice annually, to coincide with the Council's planning cycle, including one in-person meeting and one held via electronic medium (i.e. teleconference, videoconference, and/or internet-based meetings). Members will be compensated for travel costs but will not receive honorariums. All meetings will be held in both French and English. Quorum for meetings will be a minimum of 60% of current sitting members.  

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Nomination Committee, consisting of federal, provincial and territorial representatives, and evaluated based on the criteria listed above. In addition, the Nomination Committee will seek balanced representation of geography, gender, experience and diversity on the Panel.

Although Panel members do not represent any particular organization, jurisdiction, stakeholder/client group, or any other demographic, the Panel should reflect, as much as possible, the range of LMI users and producers, and the cross-section of demographics across Canada.   

To this end, the Nomination Committee will, to the extent possible, apply the following considérations in Panel selection:

  • Members from both national, provincial and regional organizations;
  • Members from all geographical regions in Canada (Western Canada, Central Canada, Atlantic Canada);
  • Members from both urban centres and small communities;
  • Members who understand, from their personal experience, work, and/or volunteer activity, labour market issues important to vulnerable or marginalized populations (e.g. people with disabilities, Indigenous, visible minorities);
  • Members with a variety of professional or sectoral perspectives, such as labour, business, academia, etc.;
  • Members with a demonstrated ability to represent the interests of various LMI stakeholders, such as students, workers, educational institutions, Indigenous, business community and job seekers;
  • Members with a demonstrated ability to reflect both regional and national stakeholder views;
  • Gender balance; and
  • Representation of both French and English.  

How to Apply

  1. Interested applicants should submit a Letter of Interest describing the following:
    • How their knowledge of and experience with LMI qualifies them to be a Panel member;
    • Their reasons for wishing to participate on the Panel;
    • Their ability to communicate clearly and productively with stakeholders and the public;
    • Their ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders; and
    • How their experience and expertise will contribute to the NSAP.

   2.   Please submit a current résumé, including references.  

If you are nominating someone, please provide a letter describing how the individual would contribute to the Panel, including the criteria above, and contact details for the nominee.

Nominations, Letter of Interest, and current résumés must be submitted to fmmt.flmm@mess.gouv.qc.ca by December 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST. Should you have any questions, please direct them to the above email address.