Ottawa Employment Hub is funded by Employment Ontario as a Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilot. The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities) is funding eight of these pilots across Ontario in 2016/17.
Building on the work done over the past four years by Labour Market Ottawa, Algonquin College won the bid to administer an 18-month Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilot for the Ottawa community.
The College will work with its formal LEPC partners:
• Ottawa Chamber of Commerce
• Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy
• Employment Ontario Ottawa Network (represented by Agilec Employment Centre)
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly MTCU) describes the Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilots as follows:
“Expanding the activities of existing Local Boards…the new LEPC pilots will have greater capacity to provide funding for community-based projects to support the local workforce, improve coordinated planning of employment and training services, and help employers, workers and people looking for work make informed choices about training and careers. LEPCs will also improve local labour market information to assist communities to better anticipate local labour gaps, and current and future employment opportunities.”
—David Fulford, ADM, Employment & Training
The Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) in Ottawa has branded itself as OTTAWA EMPLOYMENT HUB to reflect the dynamic activities included in its mandate; those activities, and the desired client outcomes, are reflected in its credo:
Connect – we will connect with employers, service providers, and other stakeholders for mutual learning and leveraging each others’ knowledge and expertise to connect job seekers and learners to jobs.
Plan – we will collaborate as a community to identify local opportunities and challenges in the local labour market.
Learn & Work – through our connecting and planning, we will connect job seekers and learners to the programs and services that they need to become the human capital for which local employers are looking.
In its contract with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (formerly MTCU), the Local Employment Planning Council has some pre-identified committees which form key components of its governance structure. These will be overseen by the Secretariat which is guided by the Executive Steering Group in the Ottawa pilot’s proposed approach.
Our Strategic Plan was submitted to Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, formerly MTCU, on March 17th, 2016 and was approved April 20th, 2016. It is organized under five key activity areas: