There will be a series of cross-Canada roundtable discussions with stakeholders on Budget 2013’s proposed Canada Job Grant, say Canadian officials.

They plan to hold more than 20 sessions, with employers, labour organizations and training institutions all taking part. These stakeholders will inform the design and implementation of the program, which will be introduced as part of the renewal of the Labour Market Agreements negotiated between the government, and provinces and territories.

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Once the program is fully implemented, nearly 130 000 Canadians each year—both new and existing employees—will have better access to job training.

Meanwhile, employers and staff in the manufacturing sector are also set to benefit from a project that will promote their essential skills development as a result of additional funding.
The Community Business Development Corporation Restigouche is receiving over $1.9 million from the federal Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program.

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“Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” says Bernard Valcourt, minister of aboriginal affairs and northern development.

The CBDC’s research project will examine how investments in literacy and essential skills enhance the performance of small and medium-size businesses in the manufacturing sector.

“This research project will help create partnerships between our organization [in all provinces],” says Michel Guitard, executive director of the CBDC Restigouche.


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