OTTAWA, June 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Premiers recognize that a skilled and
productive workforce is critical to creating good jobs and driving
economic growth. This is why provinces and territories design,
deliver, and report publicly on training programs that reflect local
labour market needs. These programs, including some funded in part by
the federal government, achieve measurable outcomes and help a wide
variety of workers get the essential training they need to find jobs.
In its 2013 Budget, the federal government announced its intention to
change the way it contributes to training programs in Canada. Premiers
welcome a greater role for private sector job creators, but the
proposed changes would take funding from programs that help the most
vulnerable people who need additional supports to find jobs.
During a recent conference call, Premiers discussed the potential
impacts these changes may have on the successful training programs
provinces and territories already have in place, which are built on
evidence and respond to ever-changing labour market needs. Premiers
agreed on the need for flexibility in federal funding to continue to
deliver effective training to ensure workers can access the labour
force and employers can hire the workers they need.
"The federal government is proposing a one-size-fits-all approach. We
need to have flexibility to respond to the different labour market
needs in each part of the country," said Nova Scotia Premier Darrell
Dexter, Chair of the Council of the Federation.
While skills training is provincial and territorial jurisdiction, all
orders of government contribute to workforce development. To ensure
the continued effectiveness of skills training and labour market
programs, federal funding for skills training and labour market
programs must be adequate, equitable, long-term, predictable and not
mandate cost matching.
Premiers stress the federal government should collaborate with
provincial and territorial governments and support them in a way they
can ensure the most effective and successful programs will continue to
benefit Canadians. Premiers believe federal funding agreements or
initiatives such as the proposed Canada Job Grant must allow
jurisdictions to opt out, with full compensation.
"Throughout Ontario and across Canada, our skilled workforce is our
greatest asset. We've been investing in giving people the right
training for today's market, and we will collaborate with every
province and territory to make sure individuals get the support they
need to contribute to Canada's economic prosperity," said Ontario
Premier Kathleen Wynne, incoming Chair of the Council.
SOURCE: Council of the Federation
For further information:
Premier's Media Office
Government of Ontario
Lindsay de Leeuw
Council of the Federation Secretariat