Service Canada Introduces the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Development Agreement and the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Partnership Agreement

December 01, 2005 CAPE President José Aggrey and other union leaders met with Deputy Minister Maryantonett Flumian of Service Canada on November 23, in order to garner information regarding the implementation of the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA), which comes into effect January 1, 2007, and the Canada-Ontario Labour Market Partnership Agreement (LMPA).
Ms. Flumian expects that the LMDA agreement will be finalized and signed prior to March 31, 2006. This agreement will see an undetermined number of Federal Government employees transferred to the Ontario Government.
According to the Deputy Minister, no jobs will be lost by these agreements. However, the only commitment from Ontario is that the offer will be a “reasonable job offer” as per the Work Force Adjustment Directive, and “Each transferred employee will be granted an employment guarantee for a period of three years”.
While Mr. Aggrey was assured that for the most part, the employees affected would come from the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) groups, the exact number of CAPE members who will be affected by the LMDA has yet to be determined.
Service Canada made a commitment to engage in extensive consultations with the bargaining agents during this period, to keep us informed and apprised of developments.
A meeting of departmental officials and bargaining agents was held on Monday November 28 to establish a transition committee with the task of assuring a smooth and effective transition for the organizations and for the individual employees. Mr. Aggrey sought a commitment that Service Canada would engage the bargaining agents in this process, and received assurances to this effect from Ms. Flumian.
Service Canada and the Ontario Government are in the process of preparing for the transition. Service Canada, however, will continue to provide services until the January 2007 effective date.
In the Deputy Minister’s Message to employees, she writes:
The effective date of the Canada-Ontario LMDA is January 1, 2007, when the Government of Ontario will assume responsibility for delivering labour market development programs and services funded through the Employment Insurance Account…
“While the possibility of losing even a few of our members to the Ontario Government causes us some concern, I am committed to ensuring that everything possible will be done to find positions within the federal public service for those members who choose to remain,” said CAPE President José Aggrey.