Training is seen as low hanging fruit ripe for cutting, but doing so will have longer term consequences.
Provides guidance through the grant application process.
The Canada Job Grant aims for a July 1 start.
The province says it will need 35,000 new workers in key growth industries over the next five years.
Agreement in principle includes the renewal of the Labour Market Agreement, renamed the Canada Job Fund.
Concerns that the program will cut provincial, territorial funding, will have to be worked out individually with the federal Conservatives, the source said.
The Canada Job Grant could end funding for Halifax’s Team Work job-coach program for people with disabilities.
“If certain provinces refuse to participate, that’s not the end of the world. We’ll deliver the job grant,” employment minister says.
Opposition parties say the Tories are putting political interests ahead of Canada’s economic well-being.
The provinces want to make it less financially onerous for small business to participate in the program.
Jayson Myers says governments must address a lack of skilled workers and find out which training programs are working.
Says he is optimistic an agreement with the provinces will be reached before the program goes into effect April 1.