YELLOWKNIFE, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of
the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
Development, and the Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Northwest Territories
Deputy Premier and Minister of Education, Culture and Employment today
announced that the Canada Job Fund, which includes the creation of the
Canada Job Grant, has been signed by the governments of Canada and the
Northwest Territories to help connect Canadians 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-Northwest Territories Job Fund
Agreement (formerly known as a Labour Market Agreement).
Through this agreement, the Government of Canada will transfer over $1.1
million to the Government of the Northwest Territories to ensure that
northerners have the skills needed in today's economy.
According to the Conference Board of Canada, real economic growth in the
Northwest Territories is expected to rise by 1.3 percent in 2014, by
2.5 percent in 2015 and by a robust 7.9 percent in 2016.
BuildForce Canada has noted that the Northwest Territories generates
nearly 50 percent of all economic activity in Canada's territories.
The Canada Job Grant will provide employers with up to $10,000 for
training costs such as tuition and training materials for an individual
The Government of Canada provides over $19 million annually in support
of skills training in the Northwest Territories.
"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 economy of the
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
"Our government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. The Canada Job Grant will give northerners the
skills employers are looking for in today's economy. This new
initiative will lead to guaranteed jobs, which will further the
economic success of the Northwest Territories."
- The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
"Working with the Government of Canada to help provide responsive and
flexible funding programs that meet the training needs and skills
development of our Northern residents is a priority for our Government.
The Canada-Northwest Territories Job Fund is just one of the many
programs that individuals and employers can access and we are happy to
be able to continue to work with our partners at all levels of
government to help improve the employability and job satisfaction of
all our residents."
- The Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and
Employment, Government of the Northwest Territories
Canada Job Grant
Canada-Northwest Territories Job Fund
The Labour Market Agreements, created in 2007, are being transformed
into the new Canada Job Fund to ensure greater employer involvement in
training. Through the Canada Job Fund, the Government of Canada will
transfer approximately $1.1 million to the Government of the Northwest
Territories. This includes the Northwest Territories' per capita share
of the Canada Job Fund and $500,000 in supplementary funding to
recognize the distinct labour market needs of the territories.
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. The Northwest
Territories will be developing the Canada Job Grant over the coming
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: Employment and Social Development Canada
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