Encouraging in-demand skills builds economic strength

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The Government of Canada continues to make skills training and education a top priority.

After all, the creation of jobs, strengthening growth, and supporting economic prosperity in Central Nova depends on having qualified workers with the right skills needed to compete in an increasing competitive and dynamic global economy.

This year alone, Nova Scotia will receive nearly $330 million in social transfers from the federal government. This funding supports post-secondary education, social services, early childhood development, early learning and child care in our communities. In fact, overall transfers from the federal government will be roughly $3 billion in the coming year. This is an all time high – an increase of more than 25 per cent since assuming office – and is aimed at helping the province deliver the programs and services that allow all Nova Scotians to enjoy a higher quality of health care, education, and social services.

In addition, we support a number of targeted training programs which include:

– $13 million for Labour Market Agreements;

– $79 million for Labour Market Development Agreements;

– $8 million for Persons with Disabilities;

– $11 million for Aboriginals;

– $8.5 million for youth;

– $700,000 for older workers.

Our government is delivering on its commitment to Nova Scotians. We’re doing our best to ensure everyone has the opportunity to develop the skills needed to secure good jobs. These targeted programs and initiatives are meant to supplement provincial education programs and efforts crafted specifically to meet the demographic realities of our province – so there is ready access for all.

That is why our government is working with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Jobs Grant. Announced in the Economic Action Plan, it is targeted at ensuring skills training leads to a guaranteed job and that employers are investing money into equipping Canadians with the skills that are in high demand. The Canada Job Grant is good news for the taxpayer and our economy, as equipping Canadians with in-demand skills builds our economic strength. Money well-spent and well-invested makes good business sense.   

Our government will continue to work with all our partners: the provinces, employers and other stakeholders, to ensure that targeted programs are in place to meet individual needs and strengthen our country’s economy moving forward.


Peter MacKay is MP for Central Nova and Federal Justice Minister.

Geographic location: Canada, Nova Scotians, Central Nova Nova Scotia

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