Fixing labour shortages and enhancing the skills of workers will be the centrepieces of next week’s federal budget.
But the government also recognizes that serious progress on matching skills with job openings will require close co-operation with provincial governments and the private sector.
Businesses say labour shortages are also a top concern, and they want Ottawa to use Canada’s immigration system to alleviate the pressure.
But recent recommendations from the House of Commons human resources committee suggest the federal government should have a more domestic focus.
The committee recommends improving available labour market information and developing incentives to make it easier for needy employers and skilled employees to find each other.
Ottawa is also re-examining the nature of its $2.5 billion in annual transfers to the provinces for labour market initiatives in the hopes of finding ways to measure how effective the programs are at training and putting people to work.
The Minister of Finance of Canada, M. Jim Flaherty and his colleague Human Resources and Skills Development, Mrs. Diane Finley launched theirs courses of action in workforce training last week. It might be a political football, but Quebec and Ontario were fast to react. Those reactions are certainly fuelled by the media, as always. Ottawa … Continue reading »
Skilled labour shortages are expected in Canada. Apprenticeship is seen by many as one of the best ways to provide for a supply of skills matching industry needs. The German model is praised around the world, exported and copied elsewhere. What about the system in Canada? Statistics Canada has published a study by Christine Laporte … Continue reading »
Canada’s failure to graduate enough tradespeople has been a constant for decades. While Canada had nearly 400,000 registered apprentices in 2010, less than 50 per cent went on to obtain their certifications. Most dropouts leave because current policies make it impossible for them to stay… The average starting age of an apprentice is 27. Surveys … Continue reading »
Speaking at the Canada 2020 Conference on Skilled Trades in the Energy Sector in Ottawa Feb. 28, Diane Finley, minister of human resources and skills development, noted labour shortages and skills mismatches have become a “dominant policy concern.” A number options are under consideration, including: • Helping Canadians make more informed career choices, including at …Continue reading »
Canada and the Provinces / New voucher plan for training being weighed by Flaherty to replace agreements
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty this morning met with Canada’s largest trades union, the AFL-CIO, to discuss transferring nearly $2 billion of funding for labour training from the provinces to a voucher system for individuals ahead of the 2013 budget. The transfer was part of a broader discussion between Flaherty and Robert Blakely, the chief operating … Continue reading »