Improving Labour Market Information to Help Canadians Make Better-Informed Decisions
Every year millions of Canadians make important decisions regarding their participation to the labour market. Among these are people looking for a job, workers wanting to improve on the employment situation and employers who have hiring or training decisions to make. Others are students, recent graduates and new immigrants who are looking to enter the Canadian labour force. All of these people draw on different kinds of information to help them make their decisions.
Governments across Canada are concerned about ensuring that quality information is available to enhance the functioning of the labour market. In July 2007, Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC) held a Symposium to further the understanding of both the requirements for labour market information (LMI) and its effects. Experts in the fields of economics, psychology, sociology, education and career development were asked to present their opinions and analyses on the matter.
Improving Labour Market Information to Help Canadians Make Better-Informed Decisions is a synthesis of the key messages that emerged from the multidisciplinary panel of experts. It outlines a series of policy research priorities and research questions to further explore the role and impact of LMI on Canadians’ participation in the labour market.