The Intergovernmental Committee for Economic and Labour Force Development in Toronto (the ICE Committee) was established in 1997 by officials in the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, and the City of Toronto. The purpose of the committee is to help coordinate the economic and labour force development activities of the three orders of government (and the various departments and ministries within each order of government) in Toronto.
ICE is a working level committee. The unique value added of the ICE Committee is its broad perspective on programs and projects in Toronto and its information sharing capability. Committee members approach economic and labour force development from different perspectives and have an in-depth understanding of the programs and projects in Toronto. Each member of the committee has contacts within his/her ministry or department. This broader network allows ICE to assist people in contacting appropriate government officials or in receiving feedback on particular initiatives.
ICE has played a key role over more than ten years in bringing together critical players to share information on their respective programs and projects and to ensure that there is some coordination among them. It does this, in part, by sponsoring annual Network meetings on topics such as life-long learning, the role of labour force demand and supply in Toronto’s economic development, the state of the Toronto economy, neighbourhood action, and employment and training in hard times. ICE also sponsors round tables to discuss specific issues such as neighbourhood revitalization, sectoral projects, human resource needs in the financial services sector, and Aboriginal economic development.
The inventory of economic and labour force development programs and projects in Toronto is an important resource produced by the ICE committee and is updated on an annual basis. The inventory provides comprehensive information on the activities of all three governments and has been particularly useful for identifying duplication and gaps. The inventory is located on the ICE website at here.
The membership of ICE includes representatives from the Government of Canada (Industry Canada, Service Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and FedDev Ontario), the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities and the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment & Ministry of Research and Innovation), and the City of Toronto (Economic Development and Culture, Employment and Social Services, and Social Development, Finance and Administration). Download a list of current members here.