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Canada Job Grant and the Provinces / Only Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan have consistently used their entire federal Labour Market Agreement’s funds

B.C. minister says the money will be used, but is being carried over and allocated as programs are established

Some of the provinces most vocally opposed to Ottawa’s new Canada Job Grant have, for years, failed to spend millions of federal dollars allotted to them for job training.

According to a government document obtained by Postmedia News, only Quebec and Ontario have consistently used their entire federal contribution under the Labour Market Agreement – about $116 million and $204 million, respectively, in 2011-12, the most recent year for which figures were available. Saskatchewan has too in more recent years.

B.C., which has submitted audited financial statements up to 2012-13, used 90 per cent of the nearly $111 million available for job training last year, leaving about $10 million in federal coffers. The previous two years, however, the province used just 67 per cent of the allotted funds, and in 2009-10, just 63 per cent of the nearly $123 million available was put toward job training.

Alberta has failed to maximize the federal funds it gets for job training for the last four years, and this past year, the province left $10 million in federal coffers. In 2011-12, Manitoba used a mere 60 per cent of its $28-million federal allotment for job training.

Nationally, the provinces and territories used about 87 per cent of the $598 million in federal funds available for job training in 2011-12, leaving more than $76 million unspent.

“The fact that provinces are not spending all of the funds available to them to train and prepare Canadians for the indemand, well-paying jobs available is one more reason why we need to do things differently,” federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney said in an email.

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