CALGARY, AB, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister
of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
commended Polytechnics Canada's innovative approach to addressing
skills mismatches as an example for others, during his speech at the
Polytechnics Canada Student Applied Research Showcase.
"Our Government's top priority remains creating jobs, economic growth
and long-term prosperity," said Minister Kenney. "In order to continue
with our economic growth, we must address the skills mismatch which is
one of the biggest challenges faced by our country. With the Canada
Job Grant, our government is committed to fixing the skills mismatch in
Canada where we have too many Canadians without jobs and too many jobs
without Canadians. "
Minister Kenney highlighted the benefits of the Canada Job Grant which
will put training decisions in the hands of employers instead of
"I am impressed by Polytechnics Canada's approach of aligning student
training with employer needs," said Minister Kenney. The Canada Job
Grant will apply a similar model on a broader scale to match training
with a guaranteed job."
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes providing more information to youth
about on-the-job prospects and the benefits of working in skilled
trades, science, technology, engineering and mathematics to promote
education in these high-demand fields.
Economic Action Plan 2013 also supports under-represented groups in the
labour market, including persons with disabilities, youth, newcomers
and Aboriginals. For more information, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
Canada Job Grant
The Canada Job Grant will provide $15,000 or more per person, including
a maximum $5,000 federal contribution and matching contributions from
provinces, territories and employers. The Grant will be flexible enough
to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and
regions. Businesses with a plan to train Canadians for an existing job
or a better job will be eligible to apply for a Canada Job Grant once
implemented in 2014.
Upon full implementation, nearly 130 000 Canadians each year are
expected to be able to access the training they need for available
The Canada Job Grant is strongly supported by employers and other
The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
Canadian Construction Association
Information Technology Association of Canada
Support for Apprentices
The Government supports the skilled trades and apprentices through
grants, tax credits and tax deductions.
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and Apprenticeship Completion Grant
encourage Canadians to pursue and complete apprenticeship training in
designated Red Seal trades. As a result of these grants, apprentices
could be eligible to receive up to $4,000, which can be used to pay for
tuition, tools or other expenses. To date, the Government of Canada has
issued over a half-billion dollars in apprenticeship grants for
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a $1,000 taxable cash grant
for apprentices who complete the first and/or second level of their
apprenticeship program in a designated Red Seal trade, to a maximum of
The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a $2,000 taxable cash grant
for eligible apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship
training and receive their journeyperson certification in a designated
Red Seal trade.
The Government of Canada also offers a tax credit to employers to
encourage them to hire apprentices, as well as a tax deduction for
apprentices and tradespeople to help cover the cost of new tools.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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