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Canada Job Grants help train people for the job market

Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, recently announced that 15,600 workers in Ontario are receiving training thanks to funding provided through the Canada Job Grant.

Approximately 2,200 employers have been approved for funding under the Canada Job Grant in Ontario.

The announcement took place at BOS Innovations, an engineering company with 45 employees in Dorchester.

The company is a successful recipient of Canada Job Grant funding that will provide 12 employees with comprehensive training to fully implement new software, giving BOS Innovations greater ability to control its business operation from initial customer contact to final shipping and billing.

The funding will also provide an additional four employees with training in robotics software to increase the company’s efficiency and competitiveness.

As a result of the training, three new employees have been hired and three current employees will receive promotions.

The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. By requiring employers to invest in training costs, the Canada Job Grant will result in skills training that leads to guaranteed jobs.

Under the Canada Job Grant in Ontario, the federal government provides two-thirds of total eligible training costs, up to $10,000, for expenses such as tuition, textbooks and student fees, and the Ontario government delivers the program. 

Employers are required to contribute the remaining one-third of these training costs, while small businesses have additional flexibility to make an in-kind contribution towards their share of the cost through wages paid to the training participant.

On average, private-sector forecasters expect employment in Ontario to grow by 1.3 per cent per year by 2017.

Over the past three years, employment has increased by an annual average of 1.1 per cent in Ontario.

By 2017-18, over $115 million per year will be available for the Canada Job Grant in Ontario.

“The Canada Job Grant is taking skills training choices out of the hands of government and putting them where they belong: in the hands of employers and Canadians who want to work,” said Poilievre.

“By having employers directly involved in training decisions, the Canada Job Grant will lead to guaranteed jobs and will help businesses grow and succeed. And that is good news for the Canadian economy.”

“Ontario’s continued economic prosperity depends on a highly skilled workforce that is diverse, adaptable and innovative,” said Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier of Ontario.

“That's why we’ve worked with Ontario’s job creators to maximize the flexibility and effectiveness of the Canada-Ontario Job Grant and other job training programs.

“I’m pleased to see that employers in London have responded so positively, because Ontario’s economy is stronger when everyone has the opportunity to find work and contribute to the province’s growth.”

Posted: Aug 1, 2015

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