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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
VANCOUVER, April 25, 2014 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and British Columbia have reached an agreement that will help British Columbians with disabilities gain the skills and experience they need to get jobs. The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, British Columbia Minister of Children and Family Development, on behalf of the Honourable Don McRae, British Columbia Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, made the announcement today.
The renewed Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD) is designed to improve employment prospects for Canadians with disabilities and better meet the needs of Canadian businesses.
Under this agreement, the Government of Canada will provide over $30.7 million per year to British Columbia-a contribution that will be matched by the province.
As announced in the Economic Action Plan, this new generation of LMAPDs represents a federal investment of $222 million per year in the provinces and territories. This will allow provinces and territories flexibility to determine how to best address the needs of Canadians with disabilities, while helping Canadian businesses benefit from their skills and talent. With new requirements including mandatory employer involvement and improved reporting of outcomes, the new LMAPDs will better connect Canadians with disabilities with available jobs.
In addition, the governments of Canada and British Columbia recently signed several agreements to help connect Canadians with available jobs. One of these is the new Canada Job Grant delivered through the new Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, which will provide British Columbia with $65 million annually. The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers was signed at the same time, and will give British Columbia more than $8.7 million over three years. Also signed was a memorandum of understanding on ensuring that British Columbians have the skills needed to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities in the BC resource economy.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. Through the Labour Market Agreements for Persons
with Disabilities, we are helping Canadians with disabilities gain the
skills and experience they need to find jobs, while giving employers
access to a better and larger pool of talented employees. Our
government is very pleased that British Columbia has committed to
participate in this new generation of agreements to help people with
disabilities get jobs in their area."
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development
"This agreement supports government's commitment to reducing barriers
and increasing accessibility in our province. It ensures that we will
be able to continue providing a high level of services and supports to
persons with disabilities. The full inclusion of persons with
disabilities in our communities, work places and social systems is
vital to the development and success of our province."
- The Honourable Don McRae, British Columbia Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation
"People with disabilities are underrepresented in our current workforce.
Recognizing that challenges need to be met with strong leadership and
support, this agreement reinforces the commitment by both levels of
government to creating employment opportunities for people with
disabilities in B.C."
- The Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, British Columbia Minister of Children and Family Development
Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities
The Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPDs) are the Government of Canada's single largest investment in helping Canadians with disabilities get jobs. As announced in the Economic Action Plan, this new generation of LMAPDs represents an investment of $222 million per year by the Government of Canada in the provinces and territories. This will allow provinces and territories flexibility to determine how to best address the needs of Canadians with disabilities, while helping Canadian businesses benefit from their skills and talent.
Additional support for Canadians with disabilities
Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada proposes to provide $15 million over three years to the Ready, Willing and Able initiative of the Canadian Association for Community Living to help connect people with developmental disabilities with jobs.
Economic Action Plan 2014 will provide $11.4 million over four years to support the expansion of vocational training programs for Canadians with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The Government of Canada also provided funding of $7 million per year for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, some of which will support research related to the labour market participation of people with disabilities.
These measures are in addition to:
Canada Job Grant
The Canada Job Grant, delivered through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, 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, including tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in federal contributions. Employers would be required to contribute on average one-third of the total costs of training.
The Canada Job Grant will be flexible enough to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. All private and not-for-profit businesses with a plan to train Canadians for a new or better job will be eligible to apply for a Canada Job Grant once it is implemented.
The Canada Job Grant will ensure that employers participate meaningfully as partners in the skills training system, sharing in the associated costs. This will ensure that training is better aligned with job opportunities, particularly in sectors facing skills mismatches and labour shortages.
Canada-British Columbia Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a Strong Resource Economy
The resource industry is a significant economic driver in rural and remote regions and is important to British Columbia's and Canada's economic future. Canada's unique opportunity to expand its energy export industry will generate billions of dollars of investment, create thousands of jobs and strengthen Canada's global reputation as an energy leader.
Through this memorandum of understanding, Canada and British Columbia will work together to ensure that Canadians are first in line for jobs in British Columbia's fast-growing resources industry.
Targeted Initiative for Older Workers
The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) is a federal-provincial/territorial cost-shared initiative that provides unemployed older workers (generally between the ages of 55 and 64) with employment assistance services, skills upgrading and work experience. TIOW assists unemployed older workers to re-integrate into the workforce in communities of 250,000 or less that are experiencing high unemployment and/or significant downsizing or closures. As announced in Economic Action Plan 2014, TIOW is being renewed for a three-year period, representing a federal investment of $75 million. TIOW is also being expanded to include communities experiencing unfulfilled employer demand and/or skills mismatches so that communities with tighter labour markets can participate in the initiative, particularly if they have vacant jobs that could be filled by unemployed older workers.
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