Helping residents of Northwest Territories get training for guaranteed
OTTAWA, March 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Jackson Lafferty,
Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, today signed an
agreement in principle on the Canada Job Grant.
Announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the Canada Job Grant is an
innovative way of delivering training that will lead to a guaranteed
job. It involves employers in training decisions so that Canadians will
be equipped with 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.
The Canada Job Grant is part of the Government of Canada's commitment to
address the paradox of too many Canadians without jobs in an economy of
too many jobs without Canadians.
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.
In the next 10 years, Canada is expected to need 319,000 new workers in
the construction sector, with another 145,000 new workers in the mining
sector and 130,000 new workers in the petroleum sector needed by 2020.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. The Canada Job Grant will ensure that employers
put more skin in the game and that skills training leads to a
guaranteed job. This is good news for residents of the Northwest
Territories, who will have better access to training that leads to
real, guaranteed jobs and who will get a better bang for their buck on
funding for skills training. It is also good news for the economy of
the Northwest Territories, because the Canada Job Grant will increase
employer investment in skills training and help employers train
Canadians for jobs that need to be filled so their businesses can grow
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
"One of the main focal points for Northerners is to ensure we are
matching skills to jobs. With the increased labour activity across our
territory, we must have the ability to provide support and training for
our residents to ensure their readiness for employment opportunities. A
flexible labour market agreement will allow us to prepare all our
residents with the appropriate training and skills development
programs, and enable our Regional Training Committees and Partnerships
to identify and coordinate training for our residents. This also allows
us to support our employers to contribute to a skilled workforce and
further the economic success of the Northwest Territories."
- The Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Minister of Education, Culture and
Canada Job Grant
The agreement in principle signed today includes the renewal of the
Labour Market Agreement—now renamed the Canada Job Fund—and the
creation of the Canada Job Grant.
Canada 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. The Northwest Territories will continue to receive approximately
$1.1 million. This amount includes Northwest Territories' per capita
share of the $500 million, plus $500,000 in supplementary funding.
The Canada Job Fund will now 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,
including tuition and training materials, which includes up to
$10,000 in federal contributions. Employers would be required to
contribute on average one-third of the total costs of training.
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 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 Association of Canada; and
Aerospace Industry Association of Canada.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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