A review of 2014 at Employment and Social Development Canada
Today, MP Parm Gill helped announce a review of Employment and Social Development Canada in 2014. In association with Canada`s Economic Action Plan, our Government`s Job Plan will help ensure that Canadians have the skills and training needed for success in the labour market. To achieve this goal, the Government of Canada has taken considerable action. First, we are working with the provinces and territories to deliver the Canada Job Grant, an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training required to fill available jobs. Second, we are currently overhauling the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to ensure it fills labour shortages on a temporary basis. Third, starting in January 2015, the new Canada Apprentice Loan will offer up to $4,000 interest-free to help Canadians complete their Red Seal apprenticeship. Finally, we are introducing a
new Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities to improve their employment prospects. The Government of Canada also launched a new Panel on Employment Challenges of New Canadians as part of the action plan to improve foreign credential recognition for internationally trained professionals. As of 2014, the Government continues to provide financial support to improve credential recognition in 24 target occupations that represent over 80 percent of newcomers. Action taken to date includes a microloans pilot project to help internationally trained workers cover the cost of having their credentials recognized. To date, more than 1,400 skilled newcomers have benefitted from these microloans.
The Government of Canada continues to provide further support to youth by offering tax credits, such as the tuition, education and textbook tax credits, the tradesperson’s tools deduction and the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit. September 2014 marked 500,000 apprenticeship grants issued to help young Canadians pursue careers in the skilled trades, a significant milestone in the Government’s Jobs Agenda. In 2015, MP Gill notes that “ the Government of Canada will continue to ensure Canadians have the skills in demand today and in the future while also enhancing the participation of under-represented groups in the workforce. I am tremendously proud of the work we have accomplished this year. Through
measures like the Canada Job Grant, the Canada Apprentice Loan and apprenticeship grants, our Government remains focused on what matters to Canadians: creating jobs, economic growth, and longterm prosperity.“