Authors: Rick Miner
Collection: Research Materials
In July 2008, the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM) created an advisory panel on labour market information (LMI) to help determine where improvements could be made to the existing LMI system in Canada. Examples of LMI include information on employment, job vacancies and the availability of workers by region, occupation, industry and firm; the skills and education levels of workers and those required in the labour market; demographic and occupational characteristics and projections; and information on wages and compensation.
The panel consulted with business, labour, Canadian and international experts, and with federal, provincial, and territorial governments before submitting its final report in the spring of 2009.
The panel recommended that FLMM assume a leadership role in managing and coordinating Canada's overall LMI system, and Statistics Canada be called on to fill in the main gaps in the national LMI system and work with the provinces and territories to fill the gaps that are more specific to their circumstances.
As well, the panel recommended that federal, provincial, and territorial governments contribute financially to the improvement of the LMI system, and Statistics Canada provide national labour market statistics free of charge on its web site.
Established in 1983, the FLMM is made up of the labour market ministers from the provinces, the territories, and the federal government.