The Labour Mobility Working Group (LMWG) was established by the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM), which was created under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). This agreement was signed by provincial, territorial, and federal governments. The FLMM is a platform for collaboration and partnership to address shared labour market issues.
The LMWG, made up of Labour Mobility Coordinators, facilitates implementation of the Labour Mobility Chapter of the CFTA.
The LMWG is responsible for:
- supporting regulatory authorities and giving them advice and information on their responsibilities;
- providing consistency on how Labour Mobility articles are interpreted and applied across provinces and territories;
- assessing the effectiveness of Labour Mobility under the CFTA across Canada;
- developing ways to reduce barriers to Labour Mobility; and
- providing information on Labour Mobility to interested individuals and stakeholders.
As part of its role, the LMWG communicates with certified workers to help them understand the opportunities afforded by Labour Mobility, and with regulatory authorities on their application of Labour Mobility provisions. The LMWG is responsible for assessing the effectiveness of Labour Mobility, which includes gathering information on challenges and opportunities faced by various stakeholders as well as any unintended adverse consequences resulting from the implementation of the Chapter.
Each province and territory has a Labour Mobility Coordinator. The Labour Mobility Coordinator’s role is to support the implementation and ongoing adherence to the Labour Mobility provisions under the CFTA within their own province or territory. This can involve:
- addressing questions and Labour Mobility concerns from certified workers;
- interacting with regulatory authorities and officials in other government ministries to support the recognition of out-of-province/territory certified workers; and
- assisting with the processes for reconciliation of occupational standards to the extent possible and where practical.
If you have any questions about the Labour Mobility provisions under the CFTA please contact the Labour Mobility Coordinator from the jurisdiction where you are currently certified.