TORONTO, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of
the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of the Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today
announced a series of cross-Canada roundtable discussions with
stakeholders on the new Canada Job Grant, an Economic Action Plan 2013
initiative that will create jobs by transforming the way Canadians
receive skills training.
"Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Harper Government continues to
create jobs and pave the way for long-term prosperity by putting skills
training front and centre," said Minister Van Loan. "The Canada Job
Grant will take skills-training choices out of the hands of government
and put them where they belong: in the hands of employers with unfilled
jobs and Canadians who want to work."
This week, Members of Parliament will conduct over 20 consultations
across the country for a broad range of input from employers, labour
organizations, training institutions, industries and regions across the
country. The consultations provide an opportunity for stakeholders to
inform the design and implementation of the Canada Job Grant, which
will be introduced as part of the renewal of the Labour Market
Agreements, negotiated between the Government of Canada and the
provinces and territories.
The Grant will transform the way Canadians receive training by placing
skills training decisions in the hands of employers and Canadian
workers. It could provide $15,000 or more per person, including a
maximum $5,000 federal contribution and matching contributions from
provinces/territories and employers. Once it is fully implemented,
nearly 130 000 Canadians each year will have better access to the
training they need for a new or better job or to reskill for their
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to connect Canadians
with available jobs and equip them with the skills and training they
need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for
apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups,
including persons with disabilities, youth, Aboriginal peoples and
For more information, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills
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