Minister Kenney talks jobs with MP David Anderson at REM Enterprises

SWIFT CURRENT, SK, Feb. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, today joined David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands, for a tour of REM Enterprises in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Since incorporation in 1966, REM Enterprises Inc. remains a family owned and operated business focused on the design, manufacture and marketing of products for agricultural and industrial applications. REM Enterprises works with manufacturers to custom-design products to improve the productivity and competitiveness of those manufacturers. Like many employers across Canada, finding qualified employees to fill available jobs is a major challenge facing REM Enterprises.

During the tour, Minister Kenney outlined the steps required to ensure that Canadians have the skills they need to fill jobs, including more employer-led training through programs like the Canada Job Grant, reforms to Canada's apprenticeship systems, encouraging more Canadians to enter the skilled trades, better recognition of foreign credentials, improved labour mobility and better labour market information.

Quick Facts

  • The Association of Canadian Community Colleges says that over the next 10 years Canada's labour market will need approximately 1.5 million new workers to keep up with demand.

  • Experts in the construction sector say they will need 319 000 new workers before 2020, while the mining industry will need 145 000 more workers in the next decade.

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"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. We are committed to fixing the paradox of too many people without jobs in an economy of too many jobs without people by helping Canadians get the training they need."

- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism

"Minister Kenney's visit to southwest Saskatchewan clearly demonstrates our government's commitment to employers and employees. These are ongoing challenges that will be solved by working together."

- David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands

SOURCE Canada's Economic Action Plan

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