Canada to go ahead with Jobs Grant plan with or without provinces

February 13, 2014

The Canadian government will go ahead with its controversial Jobs Grant plan despite the fact that several provinces are not on board, reports the Toronto Star. This week’s federal budget confirms that the government, which would provide $15,000 for skills training to employees, will launch the plan April 1. The federal government still doesn’t have sign-off from all of the provinces; Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid says the grant would pull money away from programs that benefit youth, First Nations, people with disabilities, and other groups. Duguid added this week that there is agreement across the country that the current grant program can be improved by using alternate sources of funding. Toronto Star

Update: February 14, 2014

Employment Minister Jason Kenney told the Globe and Mail that the government is willing to delay the launch of the Canada Job Grant program, which currently lacks sign-off from all provinces. “If we come to an agreement, there may be some flexibility on the start date. But we have to figure out whether we’ve got agreements or not [before April 1],” said Kenney. Globe and Mail