With respect to labour market programming for Aboriginal people, a federal responsibility, a key program is the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS). The strategy aims, among other things, to increase the employability and employability of First Nations, Inuit and Métis by supporting demand-driven skills development, encouraging partnerships with the private sector and provinces and territories, and focusing on increasing accountability and outcomes. Aboriginal groups and organizations that sign program provisions as part of the Skills and Employment Training Strategy are called ASET holders. They receive funds to provide investment services in accordance with the objectives set for ASETS. Funding for this strategy also includes dollars for the provision of services under LMDAs. The Employment Insurance Commission of Canada reported Aboriginal clients in its 2012/2013 EIMAR. If you would like more agreements on our labour market agreements or read our annual plans and annual reports, please read below. Work support services assist your clients with employment advice, labour market information sharing and research tools such as job banks, antenna creation, networking and other services when needed. These measures are available to all Canadians, including those who do not meet the eligibility criteria for employment benefits. The labour market financing agreements with the Government of Canada (GoC) support the series of labour market programs and services available in Nunavut. These agreements ensure that more non-citizens than would be possible with GN funds alone have access to training and training, promote their employment objectives and remove barriers to labour market participation. The LMDAs are being renovated to better reflect changes in the Canadian labour market. The ESDS engages with provinces and territories, organizes roundtables with stakeholders, and conducts online consultations with employers to obtain their views on “how LMDAs can respond more favourably to employers and labour market needs.”  The Committee`s study will provide additional information to decision-makers involved in the renewal of AMDs.
Overall, witnesses told the commission that LMDAs were flexible, relevant, responsive and inexpensive. They stated that they provided basic training relevant to the labour market and that they were producing good results for some important measures.