New initiatives build on Canada Job Grant to increase skills training
access and opportunities for Canadian workers
OTTAWA, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Progressive Contractors Association of
Canada (PCA) today welcomed the Government of Canada's expanded
commitment to skills training in Economic Action Plan 2014. PCA
believes the newly proposed federal initiatives to boost access and
affordability of skills training will complement the
soon-to-be-launched Canada Job Grant and play a central role in
advancing job creation and economic opportunity in Canada's
"This is a good news budget for businesses, workers and job seekers in
Canada's construction industry," said PCA Federal Director, Sean Reid.
"Good, high-paying jobs are here for the taking in our industry. Our
challenge is helping job-seekers access the training and information
they need to successfully compete for those jobs. That is a big part of
what this federal budget is all about."
Economic Action Plan 2014 contains a number of commitments that will
directly benefit PCA member companies and their workers, including:
Creating the Canada Apprenticeship Loan
Introducing the Flexibility and Apprenticeship Technical Training pilot
Launching an enhanced Job Matching Service
Strengthening support for the National Energy Board to ensure
comprehensive and timely review of resource development projects
PCA was pleased to see the government reaffirm its commitment to launch
the Canada Job Grant on April 1, 2014, while providing additional
flexibility to ensure small businesses participate in this important
skills training initiative.
"The time for the Canada Job Grant is now," said Mr. Reid. "We are
pleased the government has listened to the concerns of small businesses
and taken steps to ensure the fullest possible participation in this
innovative skills training program. We look forward to continued
partnership with the Government of Canada on the roll-out of the Job
Grant this Spring."
PCA also acknowledged the government's continued focus on reforming
Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
"We understand and respect the balanced approach the government is
taking with TFW program reforms," said Mr. Reid. "We are pleased the
government has committed to improve processing times for certain
applications to address acute skills shortages in areas of low
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 British Columbia and Alberta
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
For further information:
Sean Reid, firstname.lastname@example.org, (289) 335-1181