NWT interests heard at the Forum of Labour Market Ministers

Jul 16 2014

YELLOWKNIFE (July 16, 2014) – In Charlottetown, PEI last week, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty met with Labour Market Ministers from across the country to ensure jurisdictions are focusing on Canadians having the skills they need to compete in a global economy.

Ministers discussed several elements that are critical to strong labour markets and collaborative efforts that can be undertaken to support this goal. Recent changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program were also discussed, which gave Minister Lafferty the opportunity to reiterate shared concerns expressed at the Western Premiers Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut, July 9-10, 2014.

“It is important that national policies related to skills development and immigration are responsive to labour market needs in small jurisdictions and local economies,” said Minister Lafferty. “As with other jurisdictions across Canada, I expressed concerns related to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to federal Minister Jason Kenney. I will continue to work in close collaboration with Minister Kenney to respond to these local challenges.”

Other important topics discussed at the meeting included the need for enhanced labour market information and data sharing; the need for enhancement and harmonization of apprenticeship in Canada; effective and accountable labour market programming; improved labour mobility; and efficient foreign credential recognition for newcomers.

Minister Lafferty stated, “we want to ensure we work in collaboration with the federal government and learn from other jurisdictions to implement the most effective labour market measures to ensure that Northern residents have the skills and knowledge they need for employment success, now and into the future.”

For more information on the Forum of Labour Market Ministers, visit www.flmm-fmmt.ca.

For more information:

Jacqueline McKinnon
Manager | Communications and Public Affairs
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-6222
Email: jacqueline_mckinnon@gov.nt.ca