TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - I was pleased to have a good dialogue with
my provincial and territorial colleagues on the major challenge facing
We agreed to continue discussing renewal of the Labour Market Agreements
as one of many tools to help prepare Canadians for available jobs. I
reiterated the federal government's openness to flexible approaches to
deliver the proposed Canada Job Grant, the goal of which is to increase
employer investment in job training, while ensuring that those who
participate get a guaranteed job at the end of their training.
I encouraged all parties to work together on harmonizing apprenticeship
training and certification requirements, such as the requirements for
on-the-job hours and apprentice-journeymen ratios, and to find ways to
improve completion rates.
Building on the significant progress achieved to date, I urged provinces
and territories to continue to work with professional licensing bodies
toward a one-year service standard for the assessment of foreign
qualifications in targeted occupations under the Pan-Canadian
I also highlighted the need to improve labour market information and
increase sharing of data among jurisdictions to help Canadians take
better advantage of training, education and employment opportunities -
particularly for our youth.
Given the importance to our economy of addressing the skills shortage in
Canada, the Forum of Labour Market Ministers agreed to meet again in
summer 2014 to continue work on these important labour market issues.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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