SASKATOON, March 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Progressive Contractors
Association of Canada (PCA) applauded the Government of Saskatchewan
and the federal government for the announcement that Saskatchewan has
signed a memorandum of understanding on the Canada Job Grant.
"PCA congratulates Minister Boyd and Minister Kenney for working
together to reach this agreement," said PCA President Paul de Jong.
"These ministers have shown leadership that will help workers get the
skills they need. Shortages of skilled labour are a growing concern in
Saskatchewan and this problem will only get worse as more of the
province's abundant natural resources are developed. Training is the
key to tackling skills shortages and ensuring that we have the trained
workers needed for continued economic growth and prosperity."
PCA has been a staunch supporter of the Canada Job Grant since it was
first announced. Saskatchewan construction businesses have long
identified skills shortages and mismatches across several key trades
and sectors and a solution was needed. This agreement is a major
milestone. It means that training dollars will soon by going to giving
workers the training they need for jobs that employers need to fill.
"This agreement is good news for Saskatchewan workers and the economy.
We look forward to working with Minister Boyd to ensure that the Canada
Job Grant is equally accessible to all Saskatchewan employers with
minimal administrative burden," concluded de Jong.
About the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA)
PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada's
construction industry. PCA member companies employ more than 25,000
skilled construction workers across Canada, represented primarily by
CLAC. Our member companies are responsible for 40 percent of energy and
natural resource construction projects in Western Canada and are
leaders in infrastructure construction across Canada.
PCA's goal is to ensure that Canada has a fair and open construction
industry, cooperative labour relations, and a robust, inclusive and
highly-capable workforce. PCA believes in open competition in which no
sector is given artificial and unfair advantage over another on the
basis of union affiliation or lack thereof.
SOURCE: Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
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