WATERLOO, ON, July 30, 2015 /CNW/ - More than 29,000 training opportunities have been made possible for 22,000 new or current employees in Ontario thanks to funding provided through the Canada Job Grant. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener–Waterloo, and Daiene Vernile, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation. To date, over 2,700 employers have been approved for funding to train new or current employees in Ontario.
The announcement took place at Northern Digital Inc. in Waterloo, Ontario. Northern Digital Inc. has received over $94,700 through the Canada Job Grant to help train 11 employees in Epicor Enterprise Resource Planning and leadership skills. The company is investing an additional $55,800 in the training for a total of approximately $150,500. Northern Digital Inc. is a manufacturer of advanced 3D measurement technology systems with over 45,000 installations worldwide. From image-guided surgery, aeronautics and quality assurance to biomechanics research, Northern Digital Inc. solutions are used whenever best-in-class measurement accuracy and reliability are required.
The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. By requiring employers to invest in training costs, the Canada Job Grant will result in skills training that leads to guaranteed jobs.
Under the Canada Job Grant in Ontario, the Government provides two-thirds of total eligible training costs, up to $10,000, for expenses such as tuition, textbooks and student fees. Employers are required to contribute the remaining one-third of these training costs. Small businesses have additional flexibility to make an in-kind contribution towards their share of the cost through wages paid to the training participant.
Today's announcement is one example of what the Government is doing to help Canadians. The Government has also increased the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB). All families with children will benefit from the new Family Tax Cuts and Benefits Plan, which includes the Family Tax Cut, the increased UCCB, the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children's Fitness Tax Credit.
- On average, private-sector forecasters expect employment in Ontario to grow by 1.2 percent per year by 2017. Over the past three years, employment has increased by an annual average of 1.1 percent in Ontario.
- By 2017–18, over $115 million per year will be available for the Canada Job Grant in Ontario.
- Ontario is currently accepting employer applications for the Canada Job Grant. Employers are encouraged to apply at www.ontario.ca/employeetraining.
- Under the increased UCCB, families will receive almost $2,000 per year for each child under 6 and $720 per year for each child aged 6 through 17.
"The Canada Job Grant is taking skills training choices out of the hands of government and putting them where they belong: in the hands of employers and Canadians who want to work. By having employers directly involved in training decisions, the Canada Job Grant will lead to guaranteed jobs and will help businesses grow and succeed. And that is good news for the Canadian economy."
– The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development
"A skilled workforce is fundamental to a strong economy. By helping employers invest in their workers, we are providing new and better job opportunities for people in Ontario. The training being provided by Northern Digital Inc. is a great example of how the Canada Job Grant is helping local workers get the skills and training they need to fill those jobs."
– Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener–Waterloo
"Our skilled workforce has been and must continue to be Ontario's single greatest competitive advantage. Employers have told us that there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to skills training programs, and that is why our government continues to work so hard with job creators in southwestern Ontario and across the province to develop flexible and effective skills training solutions. It's great to see employers like Northern Digital Inc. taking advantage of the Canada–Ontario Job Grant to invest in relevant training and development for their workers."
– The Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation
"Northern Digital Inc. is a great example of the kind of innovative company that makes the Region of Waterloo such a vibrant community. I'm pleased they are taking advantage of this program to develop an even more qualified workforce and to add new highly skilled positions of which people can take advantage."
– Daiene Vernile, Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener Centre
"Northern Digital Inc. is very pleased to have the support of the Government of Canada in assisting our company's growth through the purchase and training of a new ERP system. This new ERP system will improve our company's efficiency, accuracy and reporting requirements into the future."
– Gary Barfoot, Chief Financial Officer, Northern Digital Inc.
Canada–Ontario Job Fund Agreement
The Labour Market Agreements were transformed into the new Canada Job Fund Agreements as of April 1, 2014, to ensure greater employer involvement in training. Nationally, the Government of Canada continues to provide $500 million annually to the provinces and territories for investments in skills training through the Canada Job Fund, which includes the Canada Job Grant.
Ontario is continuing to receive over $191 million per year for 6 years—its per capita share of the $500 million.
The provinces and territories have flexibility on the source of funds for the Canada Job Grant. They may be sourced from their allocations under the Canada Job Fund, the Labour Market Development Agreements or their own provincial/territorial sources.
Canada Job Grant
The Canada Job Grant is helping Canadians get the training they need for available jobs and putting skills training decisions in the hands of employers. It can provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in government contributions. Employers are required to contribute one-third of these training costs. By 2017–18, a total of approximately $300 million per year will be invested nationally in the Canada Job Grant.
The Canada Job Grant is for short-duration training provided by eligible third-party trainers, such as community colleges, career colleges, trade union centres and private trainers. Training can be provided in a variety of settings, including in a classroom, on site at a workplace or online.
All private and not-for-profit businesses with a plan to train Canadians for a new or better job are eligible to apply for a Canada Job Grant.
The Canada Job Grant is flexible enough to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. Small businesses may benefit from flexible arrangements, such as the potential to count wages as part of the employer contribution. This will help ensure that all businesses, regardless of size, can fully participate in the Canada Job Grant.
The Canada Job Grant will ensure that employers participate meaningfully as partners in the skills training system, sharing in the associated costs. This will ensure that training is better aligned with job opportunities, particularly in sectors facing skills mismatches and labour shortages.
The Canada Job Grant is strongly supported by employers and other stakeholders, including:
- Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO;
- National Association of Career Colleges;
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business;
- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters;
- Canadian Construction Association;
- Information Technology Association of Canada;
- Canadian Welding Bureau;
- Engineers Canada;
- Progressive Contractors Association of Canada;
- Christian Labour Association of Canada;
- Canadian Home Builders' Association;
- Canadian Shipowners Association;
- Canadian Electricity Association;
- Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating;
- Merit Canada;
- Polytechnics Canada;
- Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada;
- Chemistry Industry Association of Canada; and
- Aerospace Industries Association of Canada.
SOURCE Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information: Aaron Bell, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Employment and Social Development, 819-994-2482, [email protected]; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]; Belinda Bien, Office of Minister Moridi, 647-823-5489; May Nazar, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, [email protected], 416-325-2746