Key agreement signed for skills training and employment programs
CALGARY, April 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Manmeet Bhullar,
Alberta Minister of Human Services, signed an agreement today to help
connect Albertans with available jobs.
The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help
Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available
jobs. It is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of
businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. By requiring
employers to put more skin in the game, the Canada Job Grant will
result in training that leads to guaranteed jobs. The Canada Job Grant
will be delivered though the new Canada-Alberta Job Fund (formerly
known as a labour market agreement).
More information regarding program eligibility and the application
process will be available in the coming months. Once the Canada Job
Grant is fully available in Alberta, a website will be launched with
application information for employers.
The job vacancy rate in Alberta jumped from 2.9 percent in 2009 to 6.1
percent in 2013, largely due to a particularly high labour demand for
skilled trades and science-based occupations.
In December 2013, there were approximately 200,000 job vacancies in
Canada, with about 22 percent of these vacancies in Alberta alone.
The Canada Job Grant will provide employers with up to $10,000 for
training costs for an individual worker, including tuition and training
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. The Canada Job Grant is part of our commitment to
address the paradox of too many Canadians without jobs in an economy of
too many jobs without Canadians. With employers' skin in the game, the
Canada Job Grant will lead to a guaranteed job. Helping employers train
Canadians for jobs that need to be filled will help their businesses
grow and succeed, and that is good news for the Alberta economy."
The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
"Alberta's strong economy is expected to lead the country in employment
growth over the coming years. But to keep its economy growing, those
job openings have to be filled. The agreements signed today will not
only help create jobs and opportunities for Albertans, they will also
help develop the skilled workforce Alberta's economy needs."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Regional Minister for
Northern Alberta and Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Spruce Grove
"Skills training changes lives. The Canada Job Grant will help more
people benefit from valuable skills training and allow more employers
to develop the skilled workforce they need to keep contributing to our
province's economic success. Connecting Albertans to the skills
training they need to fill available jobs is one of the best ways we
can address labour shortages and fill skills gaps. I'm pleased we were
able to work with our federal partners to ensure the Canada Job Grant
will do just that."
The Honourable Manmeet Bhullar, Alberta Minister of Human Services
Canada Job Grant
Canada-Alberta Job Fund
The current labour market agreements, created in 2007, are being
transformed into the new Canada Job Fund to ensure greater employer
involvement in training. Nationally, the Government of Canada will
continue to provide $500 million annually to the provinces and
territories for investments in skills training through the Canada Job
Fund. Alberta will continue to receive approximately $57 million—its
per capita share of the $500 million.
Nationally, the Canada Job Fund will include $200 million of
employer-driven training, which may include funding for the Canada Job
Grant or other existing employer-driven training programs.
Canada Job Grant
The Canada Job Grant will help Canadians get the training they need for
available jobs and put skills training decisions in the hands of
employers. It will provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs,
such as tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in
federal contributions. Employers will be required to contribute on
average one-third of the total costs of training. Alberta will be
developing the Canada Job Grant over the coming months.
The provinces and territories will have full flexibility on the source
of funds for the Canada Job Grant. They may be sourced from
provincial/territorial allocations under the Canada Job Fund, the
Labour Market Development Agreements or provincial/territorial sources.
The Canada Job Grant will be for short-duration training provided by an
eligible third-party trainer, such as community colleges, career
colleges, trade union centres and private trainers. Training can be
provided in a classroom, on site at a workplace or online.
All private and not-for-profit businesses with a plan to train Canadians
for a new or better job will be eligible to apply for a Canada Job
Grant, once implemented.
The Canada Job Grant will be flexible enough to meet the needs of
businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. Small
businesses will benefit from flexible arrangements, such as
the potential to count wages as part of the employer contribution. This
will help ensure that all businesses, regardless of size, can fully
participate in the Canada Job Grant.
The Canada Job Grant will ensure that employers participate meaningfully
as partners in the skills training system, sharing in the associated
costs. This will ensure that training is better aligned with job
opportunities, particularly in sectors facing skills mismatches and
The Canada Job Grant is strongly supported by employers and other
The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO;
National Association of Career Colleges;
Canadian Federation of Independent Business;
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters;
Canadian Construction Association;
Information Technology Association of Canada;
Canadian Welding Bureau;
Progressive Contractors Association;
Christian Labour Association of Canada;
Canadian Home Builders' Association;
Canadian Shipowners Association;
Canadian Electricity Association;
Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating;
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada;
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada; and
Aerospace Industry Association of Canada.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
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