Advanced Education and Skills
August 12, 2014

Skills Training and Employment Programs Helping Build a Strong Economy

Applications for Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Job Grant and Other Labour Market Programs Available Online

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills, today announced that Newfoundland and Labrador is now accepting employer applications for the Canada Job Grant and are encouraging employers to apply.

“Our Government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. The Canada Job Grant will help employers in Newfoundland and Labrador build the skilled workforce they need and help Newfoundlanders and Labradorians get the skills they need in today’s economy.”
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development

The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Newfoundlanders and Labradorians 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. The Canada Job Grant represents a partnership between government and employers to train people for jobs.

“The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador remains focused on the province’s long-term prosperity by encouraging job creation for skilled labour. In 2013 there were over 31,000 publicly posted jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador. Having the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Job Grant available online is another important step toward the province meeting the growing demand for skilled labour.”
- The Honourable Kevin O’Brien, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills

The Canada Job Grant will provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in government contributions. Employers in Newfoundland and Labrador can now apply for the Canada Job Grant online at www.aes.gov.nl.ca/lampss_public/index.html. Employers can now also apply online for all labour market programs offered by the province through the new Labour Market Programs Support System. This system enables employers to access and submit application forms, update organization information and forward financial and monthly reports.

“The Canada Job Grant will help employers in Newfoundland and Labrador build the skilled workforce they need and help workers across Newfoundland and Labrador get jobs. I encourage all employers to apply for a Canada Job Grant to help train new employees for available jobs.”
- The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunity Agency)

For details on how to apply for the Canada Job Grant and other labour market programs, go to the Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Programs Support System at http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca/lampss_public/index.html.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Applications for the Canada Job Grant can now be submitted online at http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca/lampss_public/index.html.
  • In 2013 there were over 31,000 publicly posted jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador, due in part to large-scale projects and the need to replace retiring workers.
  • The Federal Government provides approximately $7.5 million for the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Job Fund Agreement. Newfoundland and Labrador will use $3 million of this funding by 2017–18 for employer-led training initiatives.
  • The Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador recently renewed agreements to provide skills training to Canadians with disabilities and older workers to help connect them with available jobs.
  • More information about the labour market programs offered by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador can be found at http://www.aes.gov.nl.ca or by calling the Labour Market and Career Information Hotline at 1-800-563-6600, TTY: 1-866-729-4685.

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Media contact:

John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Advanced Education and Skills
709-729-0753
jtompkins@gov.nl.ca
Alexander Fortier
Office of the Honourable Jason Kenney
819-994-2482
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

BACKGROUNDER
Helping Newfoundlanders and Labradorians Get Jobs

Canada Job Fund
The Labour Market Agreements, created in 2007, have been transformed into the new Canada Job Fund to ensure greater employer involvement in training. Nationally, the Government of Canada will continue to provide $500 million annually to the provinces and territories for investments in skills training through the Canada Job Fund. Newfoundland and Labrador will continue to receive approximately $7.5 million—its per capita share of the $500 million.

Canada Job Grant
The Canada Job Grant will help Canadians get the training they need for available jobs and put skills training decisions in the hands of employers. It will provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in government contributions. Employers will be required to contribute on average one-third of the total costs of training. All private and non-profit businesses with a plan to train Canadians for a new or better job will be eligible to apply for a Canada Job Grant.

The provinces and territories will have full flexibility on the source of funds for the Canada Job Grant. They may be sourced from provincial/territorial allocations under the Canada Job Fund, the Labour Market Development Agreements or provincial/territorial sources.

The Canada Job Grant funds short-duration training provided by an eligible third-party trainer, including community colleges, career colleges, trade union centres and private trainers. The training can be provided in a classroom, on site at a workplace or online.

The Canada Job Grant is strongly supported by employers and other stakeholders including:

  • The Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO;
  • National Association of Career Colleges;
  • Canadian Federation of Independent Business;
  • Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters;
  • Canadian Construction Association;
  • Information Technology Association of Canada;
  • Canadian Welding Bureau;
  • Engineers Canada;
  • Progressive Contractors Association;
  • Christian Labour Association of Canada;
  • Canadian Home Builders’ Association;
  • Canadian Shipowners Association;
  • Canadian Electricity Association;
  • Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating;
  • Merit Canada;
  • Polytechnics Canada;
  • Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada;
  • Chemistry Industry Association of Canada; and,
  • Aerospace Industry Association of Canada.

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