Funding Agreement Targets Alberta Jobs and Training — June 28, 2018

Funding Agreement Targets Alberta Jobs and Training

June 28, 2018

OTTAWA – Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, is informing residents that Employment and Social Development Canada has announced funding agreements aimed to give Albertans better access to jobs and training.

The governments of Canada and Alberta have signed agreements that will see the federal government provide the province with over $1.7 billion over six years.

It is expected that these agreements will increase the jobs and skills training available to people in Alberta, including apprenticeship training, self-employment training, academic upgrading, English as a second language, and more.

The agreements are the new Workforce Development Agreement (WDA) and the Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA). In the first two years, Alberta will receive approximately $490 million—more than $182 million through the WDA and nearly $308 million through the LMDA.

The agreements also include a commitment to performance measurement. That means that Canada and Alberta will be able to measure how programs are increasing people’s earnings, helping them get jobs that last, and breaking down barriers for under‑represented groups like Indigenous people, people with disabilities and women. The Government of Canada will be reporting to Canadians on the impacts of these programs, so that they are transparent and so that they can be continually improved.

The WDA will help Alberta deliver training and services, such as:

  • The Canada-Alberta Job Grant, which allows new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills through training jointly funded by employers and government.
  • Disability related employment supports, including funding for technologies like specialized computer software, tutors, and worksite modifications such as wheelchair ramps.
  • Academic upgrading.
  • English as a Second Language training.
  • Indigenous skills training programs, including the Aboriginal Training to Employment Program and First Nations Training to Employment Program.

Funding under the LMDA will support measures such as:

  • Support for apprentices and jobs in construction.
  • Transition to Employment Services, such as the Shuttle Program at Higher Landing, which gives unemployed Albertans individualized services in career management and job search skills to help them return to work as soon as possible.
  • Women Building Futures, which provides exposure and training in non-traditional career options in the construction trades to women.

“The people of Alberta have worked hard for generations, and the entire nation has benefitted from Alberta’s economic strength. I am pleased to see investments being made into Alberta jobs, but we need the federal government to do more to protect local jobs against the threat of American protectionism and tariffs,” concluded MP Eglinski.

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