OTTAWA, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA)
congratulates Minister Flaherty on a budget that will ensure Canada
continues on a path of growth and prosperity into the future.
The budget's strong focus on skills and training for current and new
Canadians as well as programs that will support the Canadian labour
market has shown the government clearly understands the needs of
businesses across the country. The creation of the Canada Job Grant and
the "Expression of Interest" immigration management system and the
dedication of $19 million for outreach support are important tools to
help our industry grow its human capital.
"Like many industries in Canada, the short sea shipping industry
requires well-trained and experienced workers to keep its companies
growing and supporting the economy," said Robert Lewis-Manning,
President of the CSA. "Budget 2013 is an important step towards
ensuring that the targeted skills development our country requires is
in place where and when it is needed."
The CSA was equally pleased to see the government renew its commitment
to infrastructure. Our industry plays an important role in linking
Canadian commodities to continental and global markets. With short sea
shipping eligible for the $21.8 billion Community Improvement Fund, we
applaud the government for recognizing the critical place that
infrastructure holds in keeping Canada at the forefront as a trading
With a membership of small and medium sized companies that provide vital
transportation services, the Canadian Shipowners Association employs
Canadians on Canadian ships on Canadian waters.
About the Canadian Shipowners Association
The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) has been representing the
interests of Canadian companies with domestically flagged vessels for
over 110 years. The Association advocates in the development of marine
policy, regulations and operational matters for ship owners operating
vessels on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Waterway, the Arctic and the
eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Shipowners Association
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