HALIFAX, Aug. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development, today held discussions, on behalf of Minister Jason Kenney, with Aboriginal and industry leaders on how to increase jobs and opportunities for Aboriginal people.
The roundtables in Nova Scotia are part of a series of roundtables taking place across Canada with Aboriginal organizations and employers about the need to fill skills shortages and to ensure that federal investments in Aboriginal training are providing Aboriginal people with the skills they need in today's economy.
Many of the hundreds of resource projects set to come online in the coming years are near Aboriginal communities, providing tremendous jobs opportunities for Aboriginal people in Canada. Ensuring that Aboriginal people have the skills required to fill these jobs will help employers address the skills shortage they are facing and improve the economic and social well-being of Aboriginal people in Canada.
- The natural resource industry currently supports 32,000 Aboriginal jobs—making natural resources the largest employer of Aboriginal people in Canada.
- Nova Scotia's Fiscal Update Forecast (December 2013) reports that gross domestic product is expected to grow by 2.0 percent in 2014. Drivers of this growth include Encana's Deep Panuke Offshore Gas Project and major projects such as the Halifax Convention Centre.
- The National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy will create many job opportunities across Nova Scotia.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Given the proximity of many Aboriginal communities to large economic projects, there is a tremendous opportunity to address some of Canada's skills shortages, while improving economic opportunities for Aboriginal people. These roundtables allow our government to hear directly from stakeholders on how our Aboriginal labour market programs can continue to respond to the skills and training needs of workers and employers."
- Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development
Aboriginal Labour Market Programs
ESDC has three Aboriginal labour market programs:
Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy supports 85 Aboriginal organizations throughout Canada that deliver skills training and support services to prepare First Nations, Métis and Inuit people to succeed in the workforce.
Skills and Partnership Fund is a fund that encourages Aboriginal organizations to create partnerships with government, business and community organizations to provide skills training and create job opportunities for Aboriginal people.
First Nations Job Fund: Through Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada improved the on-reserve Income Assistance Program. A key component of this initiative is the First Nations Job Fund. The Job Fund provides personalized job training to young Income Assistance recipients in participating communities to enable them to develop the right skills to secure jobs.
For more information, please visit: www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/aboriginal/index.shtml.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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