The Federal government launched the Labour Force Development Strategy (LFDS) in 1989, a comprehensive, long-range plan for building a strong, highly skilled and internationally competitive work force.
The strategy emphasized that the private sector must be prepared to put more time, effort and resources into developing a skilled, competitive work force. It also stated that Governments must be prepared to work more closely with the private sector - giving business, labour, and social action groups a more direct say in how federal and provincial resources are used to address labour market problems.
Concern about training and adjustment programs in Ontario surfaced in the late 1980s. Programs were not always accessible to those they were intended to help. Questions were raised about whether the skills taught were even relevant to the changing job market.
Both Canada and Ontario consulted with the labour market partners about the state of labour market programs. The feedback was clear - the system needed to be changed dramatically. Creating an efficient, effective, and equitable system required the direct input of those involved in the labour market - the labour market partners.
The governments needed to develop a structure that would be the voice for the labour market partners. Hence, Local Boards were formed to be the voice of communities and their constituencies to government. They would facilitate labour market development at the community level.
The Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford Local Training Board was incorporated in 1997 and is currently one of twenty-six workforce planning areas in Ontario.
On June 30, 2010 the name was changed to the Elgin Middlesex Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board.
The organization undertook its largest project, the Local Employment Planning Council pilot, on December 1, 2015. This pilot completed phase one on May 31, 2017 and has now begun phase two of the pilot to run from June 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018. Details of the pilot project can be found through the links under the 2017-2018 projects on this website.