Canada Job Grant Timeline: All 10 Provinces Have Now Signed On
Controversy over the Canada Job Grant has faded over the past 6 months as one by one, the nation’s provinces have signed onto the agreement, recently Nova Scotia (July 3rd) and Newfoundland & Labrador (July 7th) were the last of the provinces to agree to carry out the $200 million training program.
Canada Job Grant Timeline: Introduction, Controversy, Agreement, Launch!
After just under 500 days since the release of “Action Plan 2014” we are getting close to the eventual launch of one of the most anticipated federal skills training programs of this fiscal year, and the final province to sign on is optimistic about the Canada Job Grant.
The Canada Job Grant: Funding for Job Training Details
The Canada Job Grant is designed to help re-skill current employees by providing up to $15,000 in funding of which one third comes from each the employer, the province, and the federal government. While many of the provinces have begun to warm up to the program there are still many questions about how exactly the program will work, and how companies will go about applying for the funds, etc.
Keep in Touch with Mentor Works for Updates on the Canada Job Grant
Mentor Works is staying on top of the Canada Job Grant and will share an update on specifics of the program as soon as more information becomes available. Sign up for Mentor Works’ Canadian government funding e-newsletter in order to be the first to learn of developing details.
While the Premier’s and Ministers may have reached an agreement thousands of organizations providing services to Canada’s most marginalized citizens still continue o be concerned about the systematic dismantlement of literacy programs as a result of decisions made by #ESDC with the introduction of CJG. It costs money to maintain low literacy levels. Programs and services that once fell under LMA guidelines helped transition low skilled, low literate, low employed and unemployed Canadians to the labor market. Helping 84,000 Canadians move from social assistance to the labour market will save the government $542 million annually. Building capacity saves money, failing to do so places a economic burden on future generations for decades to come. ESDC has admitted that the introduction of CJG was due to labor/skills shortages in mining, energy, oil & gas and forestry in the western provinces. Time will tell whether businesses are prepared to invest in the CJG. Time will also tell whether the Federal government is prepared to invest in developing a national learning and essential skill strategy. Canada is one of the few first world countries that does not have a formal plan.