Students welcome provincial and federal cooperation on skills agenda

    TORONTO, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - Ontario's college and college/university
students welcome today's announcement by the federal government to deliver
$1.2 billion to the province for labour market training, says the College
Student Alliance (CSA).
    "Students are pleased that both levels of government are coming together
to tackle the challenge of the labour shortage in this province," says Tyler
Wiles, President for the College Student Alliance. "This announcement shows
that when push comes to shove the federal and provincial governments can work
together to bring about positive change that will effect many Ontarians."
    The new Canada-Ontario Labour Market Agreement will infuse an additional
$1.2 billion over the next six years into the provinces labour market. As of
April 1, 2008, these investments will focus on supporting skills development
for unemployed individuals in Ontario; especially those from under-represented
groups and individuals entering and re-entering the workforce.
    The Conference Board of Canada has stated that if Ontario is going to
meet the challenges of a pending labour shortage throughout the province, we
must not solely rely on immigration, but focus on the education and training
of those currently being under-represented in today's workforce.
    "With at latest 70 per cent of the jobs in Ontario needing some form of
postsecondary education, it is paramount that every Ontarian/Canadian have
access to the education and training that will lead them to a successful
career," says Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy of the CSA. "This new
agreement will definitely assist in meeting that challenge."

    The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and services
organization which has been proudly serving Ontario's college and
college/university students since 1967. The CSA currently represents 16
colleges and 23 student councils with over 109,000 full-time student members
throughout the province.

For further information:

For further information: Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy, College
Student Alliance, T: (416) 340-1212, C: (416) 346-9951, E:

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