About LEPC

Local Employment and Workforce Planning

The Local Employment Planning Community (LEPC) will serve as a central planning table comprised of key community representatives such as service providers, employer groups, industry associations, and Chambers of Commerce, and different levels of government.

The Council will work to strengthen local capacity to address local workforce development challenges and opportunities through an active consultation with local community, provincial, municipal partners. The primary goal for the LEPC will be to participate in collaboration and joint-knowledge building to develop a collective response to the challenges faced in the local community.  LEPCs will connect diverse local groups (e.g., employers, service providers and other community stakeholders) and their ideas, resources and services (such as skills training) to more effectively plan employment and training service delivery, generate local labour market knowledge, address the workforce development needs of employers, and help shape changes to the local labour market.

The LEPC will serve as a central planning table comprised of key community representatives such as service providers, employer groups, industry associations, and Chambers of Commerce, and different levels of government.

The LEPC will work together to improve labour market conditions in local communities through the provision of research and labour market information to drive innovation in service delivery based on solid evidence based in valuing equally four interacting domains of activity:

  • Integrated Planning: serving as a central point of contact and key facilitator for linking employers, service providers, other ministries and levels of government and other community groups to identify and respond to labour market and workforce development challenges and opportunities, and gaps in employment and training and human and social services, through collaborative planning.
  • Labour Market Information and Intelligence: expanding current understanding of local labour market issues and needs and improving access to labour market information resources
  • Service Coordination for Employers: acting as a hub for connecting employers, industry associations, sector groups and other employer groups with appropriate employment and training services to address their workforce development needs. Working with local employment and training service providers, including those outside the Employment Ontario network such as Ontario Works Employment Assistance (OW-EA) and Ontario Disability Supports Program – Employment Supports (ODSP-ES), to coordinate services to employers, such as job development and job placements.
  • Research and Innovation: collaborating with community stakeholders to develop projects related to the research and piloting of innovative approaches to addressing local labour market issues or opportunities.

The role of the LEPC is to support community capacity building and adhere to good management practices in the maintenance of accurate progress reports and financial records.  To this end, LEPCs are responsible for:

  • Providing the local community with information to inform local planning decisions
  • Involving partners and wider community stakeholders in LEPC activities

For the power point presentation from the March 23 launch, click on the March 23 Presentation final