ST. CATHARINES, ON, March 22, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Diane Finley,
MP for Haldimand-Norfolk, Regional Minister for Southwestern Ontario
and Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, today
spoke at the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, highlighting key
Economic Action Plan 2013 measures that will benefit the region and
address Canada's overall skills and labour shortages.
"While our economy continues to grow and create jobs, the challenges
confronting us remain significant," said Minister Finley. "By helping
Canadians connect with available jobs and putting a priority on skills
and training, we are ensuring continued economic growth, job creation
and long-term prosperity."
Economic Action Plan 2013 announces specific new measures, many of which
address skills mismatches and labour shortages. These include:
Introducing the new Canada Job Grant which will transform the way
Canadians receive training by placing skills training decisions in the
hands of employers and Canadian workers. The new Grant will provide
$15,000 or more per person, with a maximum federal contribution of
$5,000. It will also encourage greater involvement and engagement of
employers in training Canadians for the jobs that are in demand, with
the skills and training required.
Creating more opportunities for apprentices;
Tax breaks for manufacturers who buy new machinery and equipment to stay
An extended 'hiring credit' for small businesses that create jobs;
A record $70 billion federal investment in infrastructure across Canada,
including roads, bridges, subways, rail lines, and ports;
Major investments in research and technology;
New tax relief for Canadians who give to charity, adopt a child, or rely
on homecare services;
Elimination of 'import tax' tariffs on everyday items Canadian families
buy, like baby clothing, sports gear, and exercise equipment;
Support to groups that are under-represented in the job market, such as
people with disabilities, youth, Aboriginal people and newcomers.
Economic Action Plan 2013 also confirmed the Government's continued
all-time record support for hospitals, schools, and other important
health and social services.
"Economic Action Plan 2013 builds on the strong foundation laid in
previous years to connect Canadians with available jobs with the new
Canada Job Grant, to provide long-term predictable funding for
infrastructure, and to make significant investments in manufacturing
and critical research. All of these will make a difference in the lives
of families in Southwestern Ontario and all of Canada."
Economic Action Plan 2013 offers a path to return to balanced budgets by
2015-16, which will strengthen Canada's fiscal advantage and spur
long-term jobs and growth. For more information, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
Canada Job Grant
The Canada Job Grant will ensure Canadians are able to obtain the
qualifications they need to get jobs in high-demand fields. The Grant
could provide $15,000 or more per person, including a maximum $5,000
federal contribution and matching contributions from
provinces/territories and employers. Upon full implementation, nearly
130 000 Canadians each year are expected to be able to access the
training they need to take gainful employment or improve their skills
for in-demand jobs.
Opportunities for Apprentices
To further reduce barriers to accreditation in the skilled trades in
Canada and increase opportunities for apprentices, the Government will
work with provinces and territories to harmonize requirements for
apprentices, and examine the use of practical hands-on tests as a
method of assessment, in targeted skilled trades. This will support
more apprentices in completing their training and encourage mobility
across the country.
In addition, the Government will support the use of apprentices in
federal construction and maintenance contracts. The Government will
also ensure that funds transferred to provinces and territories through
the Investment in Affordable Housing Program support the use of
apprentices. As part of the new Building Canada plan for
infrastructure, the Government will encourage provinces, territories
and municipalities to support the use of apprentices in infrastructure
projects receiving federal funding.
Support for Under-represented Groups
Economic Action Plan 2013 will also support labour market participation
and a more inclusive skilled workforce with a range of measures
• An investment of $222 million per year to better meet the employment
needs of Canadian businesses and improve the employment prospects for
people with disabilities.
• A reallocation of $19 million over two years to promote education in
high-demand fields, including the skilled trades, science, technology,
engineering and mathematics.
• Investing $70 million over three years to support an additional 5 000
paid internships for recent post-secondary graduates, ensuring they get
the valuable hands-on work experience needed to transition into the
• Dedicating $241 million over five years to improve the on-reserve
Income Assistance Program to help ensure Aboriginal youth can access
the skills and training they need to secure employment.
For more information about these initiatives, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills
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