Government of Ontario Releases Mandate Letter to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

For the first time in its history, the Premier’s office has publicly released its mandate letters to all Cabinet Ministers outlining the key priorities for each ministry. These mandate letters provide ministries with instructions and guidance towards addressing government priorities.  
Essential Skills Ontario congratulates the Government of Ontario for making these documents public. Such transparency allows non-profits, industry and the broader public sector to build stronger partnerships with the government in our efforts to build a prosperous Ontario that creates economic mobility for all citizens. In particular, we are encouraged by the government’s commitment within the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to focus resources on those who need them most — including persons receiving social assistance, persons with disabilities, the long-term unemployed, Aboriginal Peoples, newcomers and at-risk youth — as part of the government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. We urge the province to continue working with the Federal Government to ensure that the Canada-Ontario Jobs Grant has the provisions and flexibility so that vulnerable individuals can simultaneously gain both skills and workplace experience.   

Some highlights for Employment Ontario from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) mandate letter include:

  • Employment Ontario (EO) is to work collaboratively across government to strengthen relationships and improve the effectiveness and co-ordination of employment and training services.
  • EO is to work with ministers and President of the Treasury Board to determine how best to reallocate funding from the least effective employment and training programs to the most effective. 
  • EO is to introduce a new, more consistent approach to assessing clients’ unique barriers to employment and tracking clients’ journeys through the system.
  • EO is to provide customized workplace training programs that will give individuals relevant work experience in high-demand occupations.
  • EO is to work with the Ministers of Education, and of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade to ensure that, where appropriate, people are referred to bridge training, language instruction and other forms of adult education — and can transition between adult education and the integrated employment and training system.
  • Implement and monitor the effectiveness of a new Canada-Ontario Job Grant. The grant is an employer-driven approach to help Ontarians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs.
  • Measure and report on results to ensure accountability and transparency across the employment and training system.

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News Date: 
Friday, September 26, 2014