HALIFAX, Aug. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, today held
discussions, on behalf of Minister Jason Kenney, with Aboriginal and
industry leaders on how to increase jobs and opportunities for
The roundtables in Nova Scotia are part of a series of roundtables
taking place across Canada with Aboriginal organizations and employers
about the need to fill skills shortages and to ensure that federal
investments in Aboriginal training are providing Aboriginal people with
the skills they need in today's economy.
Many of the hundreds of resource projects set to come online in the
coming years are near Aboriginal communities, providing tremendous jobs
opportunities for Aboriginal people in Canada. Ensuring that
Aboriginal people have the skills required to fill these jobs will help
employers address the skills shortage they are facing and improve the
economic and social well-being of Aboriginal people in Canada.
The natural resource industry currently supports 32,000 Aboriginal
jobs—making natural resources the largest employer of Aboriginal people
Nova Scotia's Fiscal Update Forecast (December 2013) reports that gross
domestic product is expected to grow by 2.0 percent in 2014. Drivers of
this growth include Encana's Deep Panuke Offshore Gas Project and major
projects such as the Halifax Convention Centre.
The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy will create many job
opportunities across Nova Scotia.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. Given the proximity of many Aboriginal
communities to large economic projects, there is a tremendous
opportunity to address some of Canada's skills shortages, while
improving economic opportunities for Aboriginal people. These
roundtables allow our government to hear directly from stakeholders on
how our Aboriginal labour market programs can continue to respond to
the skills and training needs of workers and employers."
- Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment
and Social Development
Aboriginal Labour Market Programs
ESDC has three Aboriginal labour market programs:
Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy supports 85 Aboriginal organizations throughout Canada that deliver
skills training and support services to prepare First Nations, Métis
and Inuit people to succeed in the workforce.
Skills and Partnership Fund is a fund that encourages Aboriginal organizations to create
partnerships with government, business and community organizations to
provide skills training and create job opportunities for Aboriginal
First Nations Job Fund: Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada improved
the on-reserve Income Assistance Program. A key component of this
initiative is the First Nations Job Fund. The Job Fund provides
personalized job training to young Income Assistance recipients in
participating communities to enable them to develop the right skills to
For more information, please visit: www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/aboriginal/index.shtml.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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