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Training as the Principal Focus of Adjustment Policy: A Critical View from Northern Ontario


  • David Leadbeater
  • Peter Suschnigg


This is a regional case study of the effects of training on labour market adjustment following mass layoffs in a single-industry mining community, Elliot Lake in Northern Ontario. Based on longitudinal survey data we find that training programs as a whole had limited benefits to the laid-off workers, particularly in terms of re-employment, although longer-duration programs at the college level appeared more effective. This is not a call to cut funding for training, which can have important social and psychological benefits for laid-off workers and their families; but it is a criticism of the current approach that makes training the principal focus of adjustment policy, at least as it plays out in single-industry communities like Elliot Lake.

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  • David Leadbeater & Peter Suschnigg, 1997. "Training as the Principal Focus of Adjustment Policy: A Critical View from Northern Ontario," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 23(1), pages 1-22, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:23:y:1997:i:1:p:1-22

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