Canada revises Job Grant plan following province complaints

January 17, 2014

The Canadian government has revised its Job Grant plan following complaints from several provinces over concerns that the grant would pull money away from programs that benefit youth, First Nations, people with disabilities, and other groups. Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Brad Duguid says he’s pleased the discussions have led to a revision of the plan, but explains that the new plan means Ontario would still lose $116 million over 3 years in cash transfers from Ottawa. “As of today, I’m still very concerned that the offer appears to still have the Canada Job Grant being funded on the backs of Ontario’s vulnerable workers,” says Duguid. Meanwhile, federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says he’s “cautiously optimistic” that an agreement on the grant program can be reached with the provinces before April 1. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the revisions are a “step in the right direction,” but adds that talks with the federal government on the program are ongoing. Toronto Star