OTTAWA, Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Word that provinces will not have to cut
existing job training programs to access the federal government's
Canada Job Grant program is a welcome step forward, Canada's largest
union in the private sector says.
"We need more job programs so that our youth can get a start in life,
not fewer, and we certainly don't need one program cannibalizing one
another," Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.
"Freeing the provinces to decide for themselves how to find the funding
to participate in the program was always the way to go," Dias said.
When the federal government first announced the Canada Job Grant in its
2013 budget, it immediately came under criticism for requiring that any
province wanting to take part must fund its share through previous
federal job creation transfers, and for not discussing the plan with
the provinces before announcing it.
"It was a divisive policy that only served to divide groups that should
have been working together to reduce unemployment," Dias said.
"We can't forget that much time was lost - and youth unemployment only
got worse - while the Harper government played chicken with the
provinces," Dias said.
"Only by working together can we create the jobs that Canada's middle
class families and young people need."
In that spirit, Unifor will host a Good Jobs Summit next fall in
Toronto, bringing together stakeholders from labour, business and
government to find ways to create more jobs.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, with more than
300,000 members. It was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the
Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers
For further information:
Unifor Communications Director Sarah Blackstock at Sarah.Blackstock@Unifor.org or (cell) 416-949-1072, or Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org or (cell) 647-385-4054