Develop projects aimed at researching and testing innovative approaches to address local labour market issues




Collaborate with community stakeholders in the design and development of projects aimed at researching and testing innovative approaches, local labour market issues, or opportunities, including:

  • Developing new tools or methods of gathering and/or disseminating local labour market knowledge
  • Responding to local labour market and skills imbalance or other workforce development challenges through coordinated skills training or other initiatives
  • Developing and piloting new methods of engagement with community stakeholders such as employers, service providers, different levels of government, and other community groups
  • Developing new approaches to integrated local planning
  • Assess, select, and fund a minimum of one research and innovation project to address identified labour market issues, challenges, or opportunities delivered directly by the LEPC
  • Allocate a portion of their regular operating funds to funding a minimum of one research and innovation project through a third-party local stakeholder. For the purposes of the pilot, while there is no maximum number of these projects that can be funded by the recipient, these must be within the maximum funds allocated for this purpose

Establish business practices to:

  • Conduct an open, transparent, and evidence-based assessment and selection process of submitted project proposals
  • Develop project funding agreements with clearly articulated deliverables, payment schedules, and legal accountability
  • Monitor design, development, implementation, and outcomes of all funded projects
  • Ensure project funds are spent appropriately and represent value for money through audit and accountability measures
  • Be accountable to the Ministry for all funded projects and report on these projects in quarterly updates to the Ministry

Ensure that, when undertaking research, the following guidelines and principles will be adhered to for the purposes of providing high-quality, objective research and analysis:

  • Be objective and systematic in designing and conducting research projects and data analysis
  • Be transparent about research intentions, methodology and limitations, distortions in data, and biases in analysis
  • Employ technically sound research methodology that is appropriate for the intended purpose of the research
  • Make conclusions and recommendations that are based on research and analysis that is rigorous and methodologically-sound
  • Employ systematic approaches to data collection, review, verification, and storage methods
  • Employ technically sound methodologies and analyses that are appropriate for the intended purpose
  • Explicitly justify conclusions and recommendations based on rigorous and methodologically-sound data collection and analyses
  • Ensure research design has adequate scope and guard against misconceptions, biases, distortions, and errors
  • Ensure that products disseminated publicly are reviewed by a qualified third-party independent researcher employed for the purposes of providing insight and direction on all research-related activities (ie. the development of data collection tools and instruments, research analyses, and research reports) prior to publication