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Canada Job Grant supports British Columbia employers and provides workers with skills training

Posted on August 23, 2015
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ENDERBY, BC, July 29, 2015 /CNW/ – Today, Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan–Shuswap, on behalf of the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with Greg Kyllo, Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan and MLA for Shuswap, congratulated employers in Enderby that are training their workers with the help of the Canada Job Grant.

Splatsin First Nation will be receiving a Canada Job Grant to train 37 employees in Enderby in business management and leadership. Mr. Mayes and Mr. Kyllo also highlighted that over 7,300 workers in British Columbia are receiving training through the Canada Job Grant, and that over 1,400 employers have been approved for funding.

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 invest in training costs, the Canada Job Grant will result in training that leads to guaranteed jobs.

Up to two-thirds of the Grant is contributed by the Government, to a maximum of $10,000, with the remaining portion contributed by the employer. The Grant covers tuition/training fees; mandatory student fees; textbooks, software and other required training materials; and examination fees.

The Canada Job Grant will ensure that employers participate meaningfully as partners in the skills training system and share in the associated costs. This will ensure that training is better aligned with job opportunities, particularly in sectors facing skills mismatches and labour shortages.

Quick Facts

  • By 2017–18, a total of approximately $300 million per year will be invested nationally in the Canada Job Grant.
  • More than 78 percent of forecasted job demand will require some form of post-secondary education; including 44 percent which will need a college education or apprenticeship training.

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“The Canada Job Grant will help workers in British Columbia get the skills they need to fill available jobs in today’s economy. This is great news for workers and their families across British Columbia. I encourage all local employers to consider their current and future skills needs and apply for a Canada Job Grant to help train new or current employees for available jobs.”
Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan–Shuswap

“A skilled workforce is fundamental to keeping B.C.’s economy diverse, strong and growing. By helping employers and First Nations invest in their workers, we are providing new and better job opportunities. The opportunity the Splatsin First Nation is providing is a great example of how the Canada–B.C. Job Grant is helping local workers get the skills and training they need to fill those jobs.”
Greg Kyllo, Parliamentary Secretary for the BC Jobs Plan and MLA for Shuswap

“Training for jobs is critical to the health and well-being of our families and children of Splatsin.”

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