This branch is responsible for aligning labour market and immigration-related policies, programs and services to support the development of a highly trained and skilled workforce to meet the labour market needs of the province.
The Workforce Development, Labour and Immigration Branch has four units including the:
- Labour Standards Division
- Labour Relations Division
- Office of Immigration and Multiculturalism
- Workforce Development Secretariat
- Facilitating the settlement of collective agreements, providing dispute resolution services, appointing arbitrators, and providing workplace training.
- Ensuring compliance with minimum terms and conditions of employment through the administration of the province’s Labour Standards Act and the Shops Closing Act.
- Supporting employers with recruitment, retention, and human resource planning; providing workforce policy support; as well as supplying individuals with labour market information and trend analysis on labour market opportunities.
- Implementing a strategy to recruit and retain newcomers by engaging with employers and community stakeholders, delivering multiculturalism awareness activities, and providing recruitment and retention supports, including the administration of the Provincial Nominee Program.
- Initiating and developing policies and initiatives that support the success of new economic developments to ensure programs and supports are responsive to evolving needs such as: employment benefits on large-scale projects, socio-economic impact analyses and environmental assessments for new developments.
- Developing and managing services for communities to support displaced workers in making a transition to other employment.
The Branch is responsible for the administration of a broad range of client-focused, labour market-related policies and supports designed to assist people in securing training and finding sustainable employment, helping employers meet labour supply challenges and supporting a stable labour relations climate.
The Branch is responsible for the administration of a broad range of client-focused, labour market-related programs designed to assist people in securing training and finding sustainable employment, and in helping employers meet labour supply challenges.
Assistant Deputy Minister: Michelle Snow (Acting)