SUMMERSIDE, PE, Aug. 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister
of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont (Prince
Edward Island), on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development, today announced the signing of the
full agreement for the Canada Job Fund, which includes the launch of
the Canada Job Grant, with the Government of Prince Edward Island.
The Honourable Allen F. Roach, Minister of Innovation and Advanced
Learning, who participated in the announcement with Minister Shea,
announced that Prince Edward Island is now accepting employer
applications for the Canada Job Grant, encouraging all employers to
help train Islanders for available jobs. For details on how to apply
for the Job Grant, visit Skills PEI's website.
The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help
Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available
jobs. It is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of
businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. By requiring
employers to put more skin in the game, the Canada Job Grant will
result in training that leads to guaranteed jobs.
According to BuildForce Canada, the expected retirement of as many as 1
500 workers in the coming decade, combined with a steady construction
pace, will result in a continued need for workers with
construction-related skills in Prince Edward Island.
The Canada Job Grant will provide employers with up to $10,000 for
training costs for an individual worker, including tuition and training
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. The Canada Job Grant is part of our commitment to
address the paradox of too many Canadians without jobs in an economy of
too many jobs without Canadians. With employers' skin in the game, the
Canada Job Grant will lead to a guaranteed job. Helping employers train
Canadians for jobs that need to be filled will help their businesses
grow and succeed. And that is good news for the Prince Edward Island
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
"The Canada Job Grant will help workers in Prince Edward Island get the
skills they need to fill available jobs in today's economy. Today's
announcement is great news for workers and their families across Prince
- The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of
Parliament for Egmont (Prince Edward Island)
"Investment in employees is often the best investment an employee can
make. By helping Island workers develop skills that are needed in the
marketplace we are helping to strengthen the economy of Prince Edward
Island and supporting good careers for the people of this province."
- The Honourable Allen Roach, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning
Canada Job Grant
Prince Edward Island - Canada Job Grant
Prince Edward Island - Canada Job Fund
Canada-Prince Edward Island Job Fund
The Labour Market Agreements, created in 2007, are being transformed
into the new Canada Job Fund to ensure greater employer involvement in
training. Prince Edward Island will receive approximately $2 million
through the Canada Job Fund.
Canada Job Grant
The Canada Job Grant will help Canadians get the training they need for
available jobs and put skills training decisions in the hands of
employers. It will 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 will be required to contribute on
average one-third of the total costs of training.
By 2017-18, a total of approximately $300 million per year will be
invested in the Canada Job Grant.
The provinces and territories will have full flexibility on the source
of funds for the Canada Job Grant. They may be sourced from
provincial/territorial allocations under the Canada Job Fund, the
Labour Market Development Agreements or provincial/territorial sources.
The Canada Job Grant will be for short-duration training provided by an
eligible third-party trainer, such as community colleges, career
colleges, trade union centres and private trainers. Training can be
provided 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 will be eligible to apply for a Canada Job
Grant, once implemented.
The Canada Job Grant will be flexible enough to meet the needs of
businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. Small
businesses will 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
The Canada Job Grant is strongly supported by employers and other
The 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;
Progressive Contractors Association;
Christian Labour Association of Canada;
Canadian Home Builders' Association;
Canadian Shipowners Association;
Canadian Electricity Association;
Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating;
Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada;
Chemistry Industry Association of Canada; and
Aerospace Industry Association of Canada.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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