The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities launched Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilots as part of the ministry’s work to modernize employment and training programs and services. The Peel Halton Workforce Development Group (PHWDG) was one of eight workforce planning boards awarded the project.
The ministry is piloting LEPCs in eight communities: Durham, London-Middlesex-Oxford-Elgin, Ottawa, Peel-Halton, Peterborough, Thunder Bay, Timmins, and Windsor. The eight communities selected for LEPC pilots offer a representative sample of unique labour market conditions across Ontario, including:
The pilots involve a four-month start-up period, which began on December 1, 2015 with a term ending in May 2017. We are now pleased to note that the LEPC pilots have been extended to September 2018.
The LEPC will act as a hub to connect employers, different levels of government, service providers, trainers and other local partners to facilitate awareness of current labour market conditions and promote discussion in order to find targeted, relevant, need-based employment and training solutions for our community.