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04 February 2019 1:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Meeting in the office of the Minister of Jobs, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu. Minister Haidu was in St. John's so we met with her (at left) Western Canada Regional Adviser, Joshua Lindner, and Policy Advisor, Douglas Wong. Also in the photo are (centre) Gladys Okine of First Work Ontario and Valerie Roy of AXTRA Quebec. We represented BC's interests through CCCBET ( Canadian Coalition of Community-Based EmployabilityTraining). 

This past week I attended the CANNEXUS Conference in Ottawa. My trip on the behalf of ASPECT members always has several parts to it: to meet face-to-face with ASPECT members who are also attending, learn about emerging trends in the sector, to attend the Canadian Council of Career Development annual meeting, meet with my counterpart board members of CCCBET, meet with Federal Government contacts, and of course to networking, networking, networking.  As I write this I'm still unpacking everything that I heard and experienced.  

Meeting at the Minister's Office

We were successful in our request on behalf of CCCBET (see photo above) to meet with staff from Minister Patty Hajdu's office. The topics we covered on your behalf were:
  • Request for political intervention in shortening the time lag between the close of an RFP to the contract award. We see this as a major impediment in the government's goals to respond to workforce needs quickly as well as a significant hardship for community-based organizations.
  • We reiterated the networks we represent across Canada and in communities throughout the provinces. We also offered our ability to conduct valuable research to inform policy development and implementation.
  • We talked about the opportunity to inform government and government staff about the complex history of Public Employment Services as outlined in Dr. Donna Wood's book Federalism In Action: The Devolution of Canada's Public Employment Service 1995-2015. 
  • We talked about best practices for community consultation before new funding and policy are created and how CCCBET members and the community organizations they represent can assist with that consultation.
It was an almost hour-long meeting and much more was discussed, but the above are our main points. For more information on what I heard and saw at CANNEXUS, please see a separate blog post with more information with links to resources.

Janet Morris-Reade

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