Is the Canada Job Grant good for the Northwest Territories? (Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor)
– In principle, the GNWT is in favour of programs that are intended to match skills training with employment demands.
– However, enthusiasm for the Canada Job Grant is reserved at this point, because it will be funded by Canada retaining $300 million that is currently provided to provinces and territories under Labour Market Agreements.
– In the Northwest Territories this 60% reduction in skills development funding lowers Labour Market Agreement funding from $1.3 million to $520,000, with Canada retaining $780,000.
– In addition to reduced funding the GNWT will be required to provide a matching contribution of $5000, for each grant approved for an NWT resident.
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