August 25, 2014 1:03 pm

Province and Feds teams up to get people jobs in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan and the federal government are teaming up with the Canada Job Grant to help connect Canadians with available jobs.

Derek Putz / Global News

REGINA – Saskatchewan and the federal government are teaming up with the Canada Job Grant to help connect Canadians with available jobs.

The grant provides employers with up to $10,000 for training costs for an individual worker, including tuition and training materials.

“Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” said Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development.

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“The Canada Job Grant is part of our commitment to address the paradox of too many Canadians without jobs in an economy of too many jobs without Canadians,” Kenney said. “And that is good news for the Saskatchewan economy.”

Saskatchewan expects to need 35,000 new workers and almost 60,000 replacement workers in the next five years.

“Saskatchewan continues to be a leader in Canada in terms of economic growth,” said Jeremy Harrison, Minister responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills and Training. “We look forward to The Canada–Saskatchewan Job Grant being a tool our employers use to develop a skilled workforce and address the labour market challenges that have emerged as a result of economic growth.”

The Canada-Saskatchewan job fund agreement will invest in initiatives that will attempt to meet labour market needs and provide funding for programs to support the labour market of underrepresented groups like First Nations and Métis people and people with low literacy levels.

Currently there are around 800,000 working-age Canadians with disabilities who are able to work but currently aren’t working.

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