Canada Job Grant - Transcript | ESDC

(Sean Reid Vice President, Federal And Ontario, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada)

What excites us the most about the Canada Job Grant is really three things. First of all it’s employer driven. It’s flexible in its application and it’s national in its scope. That’s something we really haven’t seen from a program of this kind in the past.

The challenge that our industry is facing is moving people out of lower opportunity career tracks into higher opportunity career paths. And the flexibility and the employer driven character of the Canada Job Grant really allows us to do that in a special way.

It’s always powerful when the government partners with the employer community in a way that leverages the funding to create jobs. And that’s what the Canada Job Grant does. It takes its cue from the employers and the employer says we have job opportunities here that the government then can come alongside and say: fantastic. Here is our support. Let’s go and create jobs. And that’s what the Canada Job Grant really does.

I think the challenge with all training programs in Canada has always been, are we training with a job at the end of that training? And sometimes the programs that have been in place in the past have not resulted in actual jobs. The beauty of making this an employer driven program is it really will result in actual jobs so that the training investment that employers and frankly the time investment that the workers are making into this program will result in something meaningful at the end of it.

Real lasting jobs will only happen when employers are actually the ones creating them. And the Canada Job Grant puts employers in the driver’s seat.

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada fully supports the Canada Job Grant. We’ve been supportive since the day it was introduced. We believe it’s going to result in lasting, high value jobs for Canadian workers.

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