Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) Pilots

Ontario has launched Local Employment Planning Council (LEPC) pilots as part of the ministry’s work to modernize employment and training programs and services. LEPCs will promote place-based approaches to workforce development, while generating and analyzing local labour market information.

LEPCs drive local approaches to the planning and delivery of employment and training programs and services. They will also improve local labour market conditions through enhanced collection and distribution of local labour market information.

The ministry is piloting LEPCs in eight communities: Durham, London-Middlesex-Oxford-Elgin, Ottawa, Peel-Halton, Peterborough, Thunder Bay, Timmins, and Windsor.

In June 2015, the ministry released a Call for Proposals (CFP) to identify third-party service providers that could pilot the LEPC model in these communities. The evaluation process is now complete, and the following organizations have been selected as the successful pilots:

Community

Local Employment Planning Council

Durham

Durham Region Local Training Board operating as Durham Workforce Authority

London-Middlesex-Oxford-Elgin

Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board

Ottawa

Algonquin College

Peel-Halton

Peel Halton Workforce Development Group

Peterborough

Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland, Haliburton Training Board operating as Workforce Development Board

Thunder Bay

North Superior Workforce Planning Board

Timmins

Far Northeast Training Board

Windsor

Workforce Development Board Windsor Essex

The eight communities selected for LEPC pilots offer a representative sample of unique labour market conditions across Ontario, including:

  • Community size and geography
  • Areas with Aboriginal and Francophone communities
  • Areas with a diverse local economy, such as areas with high unemployment, economies undergoing substantial structural transition or growth, or single and multiple dominant sectors.

The pilot period will end on September 30, 2018.

LEPC pilots are time-limited and will have no immediate impact on Local Boards outside of pilot communities.  Any decisions about possible future changes to the system would be made only following an evaluation of the pilots’ success.