Key agreements signed for skills training and employment programs
REGINA, Aug. 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of
Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Jeremy Harrison,
Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills, and
Training, announced today that two agreements have been signed by the
governments of Canada and Saskatchewan to help connect Canadians with
The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Fund Agreement invests in initiatives that
respond to labour market needs. It also provides funding for programs
and services that support the labour market readiness of
under-represented groups such as First Nations and Métis people and
people with low literacy levels.
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.
The Government of Saskatchewan will be accepting inquiries regarding
applications via their provincial website as of September 2, 2014.
Also signed today was the new Canada-Saskatchewan Labour Market
Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD). With increased
employer involvement and a stronger focus on demonstrating the best
possible results for Canadians, the new Agreement will better connect
Canadians with disabilities with available jobs. The LMAPDs are the
single largest federal government investment in helping Canadians with
disabilities get jobs. Under this agreement, the Government of Canada
will provide over $10.8 million per year to Saskatchewan, a
contribution that will be matched by the province.
According to the 2013 Saskatchewan Employment Forecast, Saskatchewan
expects to need 35,000 new workers and almost 60,000 replacement
workers in the next five years.
The Canada Job Grant will provide employers with up to $10,000 for
training costs for an individual worker, including tuition and training
Approximately 800,000 working-age Canadians with disabilities who are
able to work are not currently doing so. Almost half of these
individuals have some post-secondary education.
"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 Saskatchewan economy."
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
"Saskatchewan continues to be a leader in Canada in terms of economic
growth. Today's announcement will allow Saskatchewan businesses to
invest in training that will equip their workers with the skills they
need to prosper in today's economy. We look forward to The
Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant being a tool our employers use to develop
a skilled workforce and address the labour market challenges that have
emerged as a result of our economic growth."
- The Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for
Immigration, Jobs, Skills, and Training
"The Canada Job Grant is an excellent way to increase value for money in
training delivery. It means all stakeholders work together for the sake
of the learner and ultimately the economy. The Canadian Building Trades
strongly supports this program."
- Robert Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs, Canada's Building Trades
Canada Job Grant
Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities
Canada-Saskatchewan 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. Nationally, the Government of Canada will continue to provide
$500 million annually to the provinces and territories for investments
in skills training through the Canada Job Fund. Saskatchewan will
continue to receive approximately $16 million—its per capita share of
the $500 million.
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
federal contributions. Employers will be required to contribute on
average one-third of the total costs of training. Saskatchewan will be
developing the Canada Job Grant over the coming months.
By 2017-18, a total of approximately $300 million per year will be
invested nationally 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 may 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.
Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities
As announced in the Economic Action Plan, this new generation of LMAPDs
represents an investment of $222 million per year by the Government of
Canada in the provinces and territories; $10.8 million per year for
programs and services in Saskatchewan. This will allow provinces and
territories flexibility to determine how to best address the needs of
Canadians with disabilities, while helping Canadian businesses benefit
from their skills and talent.
Additional support for Canadians with disabilities
Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada is
$15 million over three years to the Ready, Willing & Able initiative of
the Canadian Association for Community Living to help connect Canadians
with developmental disabilities with jobs; and
$11.4 million over four years to support the expansion of vocational
training programs for Canadians with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
To further help Canadians with disabilities in the workforce, the
announced a $10 million increase in ongoing support for the
Opportunities Fund, to $40 million annually. The Opportunities Fund
helps Canadians with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and keep
employment, or become self-employed;
extended the Enabling Accessibility Fund on an ongoing basis at $15
million per year to improve accessibility in facilities across Canada,
including workplaces; and
provided funding of $7 million per year for the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada, some of which will support
research related to the labour market participation of people with
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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