Local Employment and Workforce Planning
The Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) serves as a central planning table comprised of key community representatives such as service providers, employer groups, industry associations, Chambers of Commerce, and different levels of government.
The Council works to strengthen local capacity to address local workforce development challenges and opportunities through an active consultation with local community, provincial, and municipal partners. The primary goal is collaboration and joint-knowledge building to develop a collective response to the challenges faced in the local community.
The LEPC works to improve labour market conditions through the provision of research and labour market information to drive innovation in service delivery, equally valuing 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, including 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.