TORONTO, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Provincial and territorial Labour Market
Ministers met today with their federal counterpart for the first time
to discuss renewal of the Labour Market Agreements and the proposed
Canada Job Grant.
Ministers had a frank discussion and have agreed to work together to
understand each other's positions. Provincial and territorial ministers
acknowledged the federal minister's offer to discuss further
Ministers remain united that they cannot support a Canada Job Grant that
would pull funding from proven and effective provincial and territorial
programs that help the most vulnerable Canadians build skills to
participate in the labour market.
Employers are critical in supporting skill development for Canadians.
Ministers continue to champion the concerns of small and medium-sized
businesses who have stated that the Canada Job Grant would not meet
Provinces and territories are committed to continue delivering
successful programs that achieve results and respond to local labour
market needs. This programming has helped Canadians get jobs, including
youth, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal people, recent immigrants,
social assistance recipients, long-term unemployed, low-skilled and
older workers. The federal government and ministers are committed to
Provinces and territories reiterated that they have jurisdiction for
skills training and labour market programs as acknowledged by the
federal minister. They must have the ability to opt out of federal
funding agreements or initiatives such as the proposed Canada Job Grant
with full compensation.
The Labour Market Agreements are set to expire on March 31, 2014.
Provincial and territorial Ministers want to work quickly to find
practical solutions that meet the diverse needs of workers and
employers across Canada.
SOURCE: Forum of Labour Market Ministers
For further information:
Director of Communications
Department of Post-Secondary,
Education, Training and Labour
Government of New Brunswick
(506) 470-2549 (Cell)
Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills
Government of British Columbia
(778) 679-5546 (Cell)
Senior Communications Officer
Innovation and Advanced
Province of Prince Edward Island