Employment Minister wraps up jobs tour of northern British Columbia
PRINCE GEORGE, BC , Feb. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney,
Minister of Employment and Social Development, today wrapped up
consultations with First Nations leaders and employers across northern
British Columbia before beginning a tour of the Territories.
Minister Kenney heard first-hand from First Nations leaders and
employers about the need to fill skills shortages and ensure Aboriginal
people have the training they need to take advantage of job
opportunities in B.C.'s resources sector. Minister Kenney discussed
natural resources developments in northern B.C. and the expected
economic growth. By 2020, there will be 19 000 more jobs than people in
B.C. and Minister Kenney emphasized the need to fill them with
qualified Canadians. The Minister also outlined Government of Canada
measures that help Canadians, including Aboriginal people, get the
training they need to take advantage of these opportunities and land
He highlighted federal investments that support skills training for
Aboriginal people. While in Northern B.C., Minister Kenney announced
over $6.1 million to the Pacific Trail Pipelines Aboriginal Skills and
Employment Partnership Training Society to help Aboriginal people in
British Columbia prepare for jobs in the resources sector.
A skills shortage is expected to hit British Columbia, resulting in 19
000 jobs without qualified workers by 2020.
Directly and indirectly, natural resources - including the energy sector
- account for 1.8 million jobs, almost a fifth of Canada's economy and
over half our exports.
Aboriginal youth represent the fastest growing demographic in Canada and
Aboriginal people are underrepresented in today's economy.
Last year, more than 31 000 Aboriginal people were employed in natural
"Our government's top priorities remain creating jobs, economic growth
and long-term prosperity. The Economic Action Plan announced measures
to help Canadians, including Aboriginal people, get the training they
need for in-demand jobs. Given the proximity of many First Nations
communities to large resource projects, there is a tremendous
opportunity to address some of Canada's skills shortages, while
improving economic opportunities for Aboriginal people."
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
Development and Minister for Multiculturalism
Aboriginal Labour Market Programs
Economic Action Plan 2014
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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Employment and Social Development Canada
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