Budget aims at retraining to meet demand in skilled trades

Posted: March 13th, 2013

OTTAWA — A year after trying to keep older workers in the workforce longer, the federal government signalled on Thursday that it will now focus on retraining unemployed workers to meet growing demand in the skilled trades.

Budget 2013 includes a new Canada Jobs Grant that will provide up to 130,000 Canadians a year with $15,000 to retrain — $5,000 of which will come from the federal government. Provinces and employers will be expected, at the very least, to match the contribution. read more…

Red tape limits jobs for young workers in skilled trades

Posted: May 1, 2013

Onerous government regulations make it too hard for young people to get jobs in skilled trades, where there’s a growing demand for badly needed workers.

That’s the conclusion of a report from think tank C.D. Howe on Wednesday, which found that red tape — mainly at the provincial level — is making it unnecessarily difficult for workers to get training and apprenticeships to become carpenters, electricians, welders, plumbers, bricklayers and other jobs. read more…

Ottawa planning budget measures to tackle shortage of skilled trades

Posted: March 1st, 2013

The Conservative government is preparing new budget measures to boost skilled trades in Canada, and one option under consideration would require companies to promise apprenticeship training as part of any bid for major procurement contracts.

Addressing Canada’s growing labour and skills shortage – along with balancing the budget by 2015 – is shaping up as a dominant theme of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty’s 2013 budget, which is expected within weeks. read more…