NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, On, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason
Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for
Multiculturalism, emphasized to business leaders at the Economic Summit
of Ontario the importance of addressing skills shortages and the need
for all levels of government to act to overcome critical labour market
"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," said Minister Kenney. "The status quo is not good enough.
We need to reform the apprenticeship system, rethink post-secondary
education and implement the Canada Job Grant."
Minister Kenney spoke about the Government's Speech from the Throne,
which reaffirmed the federal government's priorities as creating jobs
and opportunities for Canadians by protecting the economy, keeping
taxes low and keeping Canadian families and communities safe. He also
reiterated the Government's commitment to creating opportunities for
Minister Kenney stressed the need for provinces and territories to take
action to reform their apprenticeship systems and better align
post-secondary education with labour market needs, and the need for
more employer involvement in skills training.
"Our government wants to ensure that Canadians are aware of which
occupations are in demand, such as the skilled trades and STEM-related
jobs," added Minister Kenney. "We are also moving forward with the
implementation of the Canada Job Grant and related measures to involve
employers in training decisions to connect Canadians with skills and
training that lead to guaranteed jobs."
In addition, Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes to provide more
information to youth about on-the-job prospects and the benefits of
working in the 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 people with disabilities, youth, newcomers and
Aboriginal people. 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 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 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.
Economic Action Plan 2013
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to help Canadians get
the knowledge, skills and experience they need. These include the
Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for apprentices and providing
significant support to increase the labour market participation of
under-represented groups, such as people with disabilities, Aboriginal
people, newcomers and youth.
The Government of Canada is taking action to ensure Canadians can make
better choices and get the skills and training that employers are
looking for by:
removing disincentives from Employment Insurance to ensure that it is
structured in a way that people are encouraged to work, find jobs
easier and are rewarded for it;
transferring $2.7 billion each year to the provinces and territories to
help ensure that unemployed and low-skilled Canadians get the training
they need to participate fully in the labour market;
increasing funding to programs that give work experience to youth and
people with disabilities so they can develop and make use of their
skills and meet employers' needs;
enhancing learning and labour market information so people can make more
informed education and career choices;
offering apprenticeship grants and tax credits to encourage Canadians to
pursue careers in the skilled trades;
streamlining foreign credential and experience recognition for in-demand
occupations, such as physicians and engineers; and
investing over $10 billion annually in support of post-secondary
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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