22.4 The LMDA Joint Committee will provide a forum for information exchange and discussion on labour market challenges for employers, workers and the unemployed across Nova Scotia, with a focus on improving productivity. In particular, the LMDA Joint Committee is responsible for: Canada and Nova Scotia agree on the importance of the development of skilled labour and the rapid re-employment of unemployed Nova Scotians. 3.8 Nova Scotia intends to expand services on the demand side by working with employers, employers` organizations and other groups to address issues such as skills shortages, human resource planning, hiring, access to labour market information and reduced barriers to labour force participation. 2.2 Canada remains responsible for the provision of insurance services under the first part of the EI Act and aspects of labour market developments that correspond to national interests, such as responding to national emergencies, supporting inter-provincial labour mobility, promoting and supporting national sector councils , the functioning of national labour market information and national labour market trading systems. , other labour market programs and labour market research support and innovative projects to experiment with new approaches to improving the functioning of Canada`s labour market. Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDA) are bilateral agreements with each province and territory to design and make available employment programs, similar to the employment and support measures outlined in Part II of the Employment Insurance Act. LMDAs help unemployed Canadians find jobs quickly and return to work. They also provide a skilled workforce that meets the current and emerging needs of employers. Placement services are used to help clients find jobs. Services may include, among others, 1) needs assessment, 2) work counselling, 3) job search assistance, 4) workshops and coaching, 5) assessment of learning and recognition (PLAR), 6) practice firms and 7) the provision of labour market information. 2.1 Nova Scotia exchanges labour in a manner that allows universal access to all clients and timely transmission of information to the national labour exchange system, if the parties deem it appropriate.