TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ —The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
spoke to business leaders at the Economic Club of Canada in Toronto
about the Government's strategy to tackle skills shortages in Canada.
"Our government's number one priority remains jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. The federal government plays a key role in
creating the conditions for strong private sector job creation and
positioning the country for success in the global economy," said
Minister Kenney. "The Canada Job Grant is the cornerstone of our plan
to make federal funding for job creation and training more
demand-driven and ensure that employers are part of the solution."
Minister Kenney stressed the need for greater coordination and action by
the private sector, provinces and territories and post-secondary
institutions to connect Canadians to jobs.
Speaking to an audience of approximately 100 business leaders, Minister
Kenney acknowledged that the current imbalances in the labour market
hamper productivity and affect growth.
Nearly 1.4 million Canadians are unemployed while 216 100 jobs remain
vacant. Recent initiatives by government focus on more directly
involving employers in decisions regarding job creation and skills
"We have too many jobs without people and too many people without jobs.
This is the challenge we must address," added Minister Kenney. "Never
before have provinces and employers had such a willing and engaged
partner on this file. We will be pushing all of our partners to act in
their areas of jurisdiction to improve Canada's labour market and
ensure continued economic growth."
A strong economy that delivers prosperity relies on a labour market that
is skilled, adaptable and innovative. Economic Action Plan 2013 also
offers a path which will strengthen Canada's fiscal advantage and spur
long-term jobs and growth. For more information, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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