Nov 08, 2013
By Scott Walker
Employment minister Jason Kenney knows he’s in for a heated reception when he sits down today with his provincial and territorial counterparts in Toronto.
The provinces are still angry over Ottawa’s decision to reduce the $500-million transfer to the provinces for training programs by 60 per cent. The feds will use the money to fund a new Canada Job Grant that will involve employers in deciding what kind of training to offer.
Kenney acknowledges there is opposition from the provinces, and promises to be flexible. But he says, “at the end of the day, we want a jobs grant where employers are helping to select individuals who they will hire if they get incremental training.”
Kenney has been no fan of the provincial transfers, known as labour market agreements. He says most of the people who take advantage of them are “habitual welfare recipients.”
But the provinces will likely point to a report from a federal agency that praised the effectiveness of the provincial transfers.