Vancouver, British Columbia—The Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors) and Member of Parliament for Richmond, British Columbia, today highlighted Economic Action Plan 2013 measures that will address Canada’s overall skills and labour shortages and transform the way Canadians receive skills training, in her remarks at the Canadian Tourism College in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“While our economy continues to grow and create jobs, the global economy remains fragile and a growing mismatch exists between available jobs and those looking for work,” said Minister Wong. “By helping Canadians connect with available jobs and putting a new focus on skills and training, we are ensuring continued economic growth, job creation and long-term prosperity.”
Economic Action Plan 2013 announces specific new measures to address skills mismatches and labour shortages. These include:
?Introducing the new Canada Job Grant through renewed Labour Market Agreements, which will transform the way Canadians receive training by placing skills training decisions in the hands of employers and Canadian workers. The new Grant will provide $15,000 or more per person, with a maximum federal contribution of $5,000. It will also ensure greater involvement and engagement of employers in training Canadians for the jobs that are in demand.
?Working with the provinces and territories to harmonize requirements to help apprentices obtain their accreditation and create opportunities, as part of addressing shortages in skilled trades across the country.
?Providing support to groups that are under-represented in the job market, such as people with disabilities, youth, Aboriginal people and newcomers.
“The quality of our workforce must remain one of our greatest strengths,” added Minister Wong. “By governments, businesses, universities, colleges, unions, training institutions and other groups working together, we can make this happen.”
Economic Action Plan 2013 offers a path to return to balanced budgets by 2015-16, which will strengthen Canada’s fiscal advantage and spur long-term jobs and growth.