Workforce Development

Team Mandate

To address the following issues and others as they impact the workplace:

  • Skills and training
  • Immigration policy
  • Education vis-à-vis labour market needs
  • Labour market information
  • Labour mobility within Canada (including EI policies and accreditation)
  • Employment of underutilized groups (e.g., older workers, youth, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities)
  • Recommend action / policy to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Make submissions to appropriate government representatives

Advocacy issues to be identified for this new team that started in late 2015.

For further information or to join, contact Anne Peterson.


The issue: Labour Mobility across provinces in Canada

What it’s about: An Alberta accountant has a chance at a major promotion in the next province. But the accountant is married to a teacher, who would need additional courses to be certified in B.C. Does one spouse lose an opportunity, because the family has one income until the teacher re-certifies? After April 2009, it will not be an

issue in Alberta or B.C. After that date, people in the trades and professions can accept opportunities in the other province without a delay to re-certify, the time and expense of additional training, or a break in earnings. And employers in Alberta and B.C. can draw on the entire workforce of both provinces. This is the employment future in our two provinces under the most comprehensive free trade agreement in Canada. It could be your future, even if you do not live here. We believe our agreement is a model for the rest of Canada. Under the TILMA (Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement), a business registered in one province automatically is recognized in other provinces ⎯ no residency required, no added cost. Government procurement including professional services like accounting, engineering and architecture, is open to suppliers in both provinces, at lower thresholds. Commercial trucks need not be re-registered for temporary travel in the other province. Farmers will no longer have to restack their loads of hay at the border to comply with different transport regulations in the other province. Of interest, professional and trade certifications will be mutually recognized where scopes of practice are similar, and without undermining the authority of regulatory bodies. That means TILMA will be an open door to employment opportunities and choice.

What the Surrey Board of Trade did: Resolution supported by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in 2008 to replace the Agreement on Internal Trade.

The result: TILMA was approved and includes the governments of BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan under this new Western Partnership Trade Agreement (2010). Ongoing watch for the rest of Canada – Provinces did meet and agreed to TILMA principles. More work to be done.