The State of Knowledge on the Role and Impact of Labour Market Information: A Survey of the Canadian Evidence

About the study

This study examined the current state of knowledge on the role of labour market information and its impact on employers, career practitioners, and job seekers. The survey of relevant literature explored LMI uses and needs, and the impact LMI have on labour market outcomes and people’s learning outcomes.


What can be learned from this study?

• LMI was used mostly for recruiting, training, and retention purposes by employers, especially large employers. Small employers often experienced difficulty in finding LMI they were looking for compared to large employers.

• While both small and large employers considered LMI to be useful in decision-making (recruitment, training, and retention), the demand for local LMI was high among employers.

• Majority of career counselors and HR professionals did not receive formal training in finding and using LMI.

• LMI was used primarily by career counselors and HR professionals to find out information on labour shortages; they considered LMI on wages and benefits, and skill shortages to be most difficult to find.

• To certain extent, LMI appeared to have an impact on shorter unemployment periods.

• Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s Job Bank was a go-to site for job seekers.

• Individual career counseling had a positive impact in reducing unemployment duration for job seekers.

• No evidence was found on the impact LMI have on labour market outcomes.


What method(s) did the study use?

Literature review