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Federal and provincial governments sign agreements to help Manitobans get jobs

April 24, 2014

Hon. Theresa Oswald (left), with students and instructors from RRC's School of Transportation, Aerospace and Manufacturing.

Hon. Theresa Oswald (left), with students and instructors from RRC’s School of Transportation, Aerospace and Manufacturing.

Federal and provincial employment ministers paid a visit to Red River College yesterday, to sign a trio of agreements aimed at connecting Manitobans with available jobs.

Hon. Jason Kenny, Minister of Employment and Social Development, joined Hon. Theresa Oswald, Manitoba Minister of Jobs and the Economy, at RRC’s Heavy Equipment Transportation Centre (HETC) to finalize three key agreements related to skills training and employment programs.

The Canada Job Grant takes an employer-driven approach to helping Canadians gain the skills and job training required to fill available jobs. Delivered through the Canada-Manitoba Job Fund, the Grant requires increased contributions from employers, which Kenney said will result in training that leads to guaranteed jobs.

“The Canada Job Grant is part of our commitment to address the paradox of too many Canadians without jobs, in an economy of too many jobs without Canadians,” said Kenney. “Helping employers train Canadians for jobs that need to be filled will help their business grow and succeed. And that is good news for the Manitoba economy.”

Under the agreement, the province will receive $18 million a year for a variety of training programs. The funding works out to $15,000 per person for tuition and training; that amount includes up to $10,000 in federal contributions, with employers required to cover one-third of the total costs, on average.

“By working with business to provide skills training opportunities, we are helping young Manitobans find good jobs right here at home,” said Oswald of the new agreements. “Together, the new Canada-Manitoba Job Fund and our five-year, $5.5-billion infrastructure plan will grow our economy, create jobs, and put Manitoba on stronger, more competitive footing for the future.”

Also signed yesterday was the new Canada-Manitoba Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities, which harnesses increased employer involvement and improved reporting of outcomes to better prepare Canadians with disabilities for available employment.

As well, Kenney and Oswald also renewed the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, a federal/provincial cost-sharing effort that provides unemployed older workers in eligible communities with training to re-enter the workforce.

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