Eight Local Employment Planning Councils (LEPC) are being piloted in Ontario, running from December 2015 to March 2019, with funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Former ADM David Fulford, MAESD described the pilots in 2015:
“Expanding the activities of existing Local Boards…the new LEPC pilots will have greater capacity to provide funding for community-based projects to support the local workforce, improve coordinated planning of employment and training services, and help employers, workers and people looking for work make informed choices about training and careers. LEPCs will also improve local labour market information to assist communities to better anticipate local labour gaps, and current and future employment opportunities.”
Building on the work done over the past four years by Labour Market Ottawa, Algonquin College won the bid to administer the LEPC pilot for the Ottawa community, working with three formal partners.
The Ottawa LEPC has branded itself as Ottawa Employment Hub to reflect the dynamic activities included in its mandate; those activities, and the desired client outcomes, are captured in our credo:
The LEPC is overseen by the Secretariat (eight staff) which is guided by the Executive Steering Group (ESG) in the Ottawa pilot. Working groups and the Central Planning Table feed into the ESG as advisory committees.
Click on the governance bodies below to see the full list of current members:
The Secretariat provides support (as outlined by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, formerly MTCU) with:
The Secretariat is an expanded spin-off of the Labour Market Ottawa initiative, with key staff ready to “hit the ground running.” Day-to-day operations and Planning & Reporting is the responsibility of a full-time Program Manager (who will report to the Executive Director and be supported by a full-time Program Assistant). Two additional full-time Coordinators will support the Program Manager in Outreach & Partnership Engagement and Research & LMI, respectively.
Ingrid Argyle, who served as Project Manager of Labour Market Ottawa for the past four and a half years, has moved into the Program Manager role at the LEPC. Bilingual Program Assistant, Michelle Farncombe, has stayed on through the start up and now into the implementation of the LEPC pilot. Labour Market Ottawa staff member Eric Cappon has moved into the Coordinator of Research and Labour Market Information role. Sana Hafez has been retained to assist with Project Coordination. Brandi Chaffey has come over to join the team as the Coordinator of Outreach and Partnership Engagement.
Secretariat staff also includes three bilingual LEPC Partnership & Planning Coordinators who will be embedded in the partner organizations to serve as community liaisons. The Coordinators will build on and leverage the existing Learning, Employment, and Industry Networks of our three formal partners. They will be housed at the Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy, Agilec Employment Centre (representing EOON), and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce.
All LEPC staff are Algonquin College employees. The Partnership & Planning Coordinators report to the LEPC Program Manager and receive guidance from their “host” organizations.
In the other pilot locations, the formal Local Board is administering the LEPC pilot; Labour Market Ottawa serves in lieu of a “local board” in Ottawa under the guidance of two standing committees.
The Executive Steering Group (ESG) will serve the “board function” for the LEPC as the primary decision-making body, providing oversight to the Secretariat’s operations. An ESG was formed to guide the establishment of a governance structure and the strategic planning process. It includes:
The Central Planning Table (CPT) is a mandated Advisory Group under the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, formerly MTCU, contract. The Ministry describes the Central Planning Table as being comprised of key community representatives such as service providers, employer groups, and different levels of government (i.e., municipalities and federal/provincial government departments and ministries, including the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, formerly MTCU). The CPT serves as the primary consultative body that works collaboratively with community stakeholders to develop a LEPC Strategy.
The Ottawa LEPC Central Planning Table will serve as a true advisory group, collating the input of the subject matter working groups and their respective constituents into a broad, holistic view of local opportunities and challenges. This work includes determining recommendations for action, which will be brought forth to the Executive Steering Group. In our governance framework, we have determined that:
This mandatory Working Group is comprised of key industry, labour and community representatives.
This Working Group is comprised of key service providers, network representatives and local community advocacy groups.
This mandatory Working Group is comprised of representatives from key municipal, provincial and federal government departments and ministries that deliver services in the community.
This Working Group is an Ottawa addition, comprised of secondary and post-secondary education representatives, as well as groups working with apprenticeships.
As a Local Employment Planning Council, we work within our governance structure to determine strategic priorities for our community on an ongoing basis. Over the course of the pilot, we have worked with more than 150 community partners on LEPC initiatives organized under five key activity areas:
Ottawa Employment Hub published its 2017-18 business plan in May 2017 to outline the locally-identified priorities for the June 2017 to September 2018 period of the pilot.