About Us

The Labour Market Sub-Committee of the Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI) was established in May 2005. The committee provides a forum for collaboration and coordination among business, labour and government to help advance labour market and human resource development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Our Vision
Our Mandate
Our Goals

Our Vision
The Labour Market Sub-Committee of the Strategic Partnership Initiative is working together to promote the development of healthy labour markets in Newfoundland and Labrador where individuals have full opportunity to develop and use their knowledge, skills and abilities in rewarding and productive work environments within a diversified, globally competitive provincial economy.

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Our Mandate
The Labour Market Sub-Committee has a mandate to support healthy labour market development in Newfoundland and Labrador. We set strategic directions and promote actions to support human resource and work-force development in the province to help increase participation, reduce unemployment, and enhance provincial competitiveness and the quality of life for individuals in the province.

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Our Goals and Objectives
The Labour Market Sub-Committee has identified long-terms goals and objectives to help achieve our mandate. These include working together to:
  1. Help ensure employers have access to a skilled labour force that helps them meet the demands of a competitive economy and supports productivity growth.
  2. Enhance access to opportunities for education, training, skills and knowledge development among current and future labour force participants.
  3. Increase opportunities for participation in the labour market and minimize barriers to employment.
  4. Help employers and workers fully maximize and use their skills and knowledge in the workplace.
  5. Strategically mobilize the workforce to enhance regional economic and social development as well as the productivity and competitiveness of businesses within the province.
  6. Ensure individuals and organizations have access to current and reliable labour market information to help them make informed decisions about their careers, education, training and human resource needs and strategies.
  7. Establish and strengthen linkages among key labour market stakeholders, including government, employers, labour and life-long learning partners at the regional and provincial level.
These broad goals will guide the committee’s activities in the medium-to-long term to better support individuals and organizations in responding to current and emerging labour market needs and opportunities.

Some of the objectives we have identified to help us work towards these goals over the next several years include:
  • Increasing access to a skilled workforce, including the attraction and retention of skilled youth
  • Increasing labour and workplace productivity
  • Increasing capacity to target training programs and interventions to labour market demands
  • Increasing opportunities for adult learners
  • Increasing number of apprenticed tradespersons in province
  • Increasing access to early learning opportunities
  • Increasing access to labour market information, supports and services
  • Reducing reliance on income support programs
  • Promoting greater work-life balance for workers
  • Promoting innovative workplace cultures
  • Increasing capacity to implement region specific development strategies
  • Increasing capacity to monitor and evaluate labour market performance and investments
  • Promoting opportunities for collaboration and networking among labour market participants including business, labour, government, post-secondary institutions, community agencies and individuals

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