SWIFT CURRENT, SK, Feb. 1, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney,
Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for
Multiculturalism, today joined David Anderson, Member of Parliament for
Cypress Hills-Grasslands, for a tour of REM Enterprises in Swift
Since incorporation in 1966, REM Enterprises Inc. remains a family owned
and operated business focused on the design, manufacture and marketing
of products for agricultural and industrial applications. REM
Enterprises works with manufacturers to custom-design products to
improve the productivity and competitiveness of those manufacturers.
Like many employers across Canada, finding qualified employees to fill
available jobs is a major challenge facing REM Enterprises.
During the tour, Minister Kenney outlined the steps required to ensure
that Canadians have the skills they need to fill jobs, including more
employer-led training through programs like the Canada Job Grant,
reforms to Canada's apprenticeship systems, encouraging more Canadians
to enter the skilled trades, better recognition of foreign credentials,
improved labour mobility and better labour market information.
The Association of Canadian Community Colleges says that over the next
10 years Canada's labour market will need approximately 1.5 million new
workers to keep up with demand.
Experts in the construction sector say they will need 319 000 new
workers before 2020, while the mining industry will need 145 000 more
workers in the next decade.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. We are committed to fixing the paradox of too
many people without jobs in an economy of too many jobs without people
by helping Canadians get the training they need."
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
Development and Minister for Multiculturalism
"Minister Kenney's visit to southwest Saskatchewan clearly demonstrates
our government's commitment to employers and employees. These are
ongoing challenges that will be solved by working together."
- David Anderson, Member of Parliament for Cypress Hills-Grasslands
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
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Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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