Canada must tailor post-secondary programs to boost growth: CIBC head
Victor Dodig believes eventual growth will be driven by tech-savvy entrepreneurs for all sectors of the economy.
First Conservative campaign promise: boosting apprenticeships tax credits
Maximum credit rises to $2,500 from $2,000 and extends into the third and fourth years of eligible training.
Number of foreign workers tripled between 2002 and 2012
More foreign workers are filling skilled positions as the percentage of low-skilled jobs has declined.
Canada needs a manufacturing strategy
“A highly skilled workforce is essential to innovation and productivity in today’s knowledge-based economy…”
Provinces clamouring for TFWs need to invest in vocational schools: Kenney
Employment minister says polytechnic institutions and vocational schools offering programs for skilled trades are having their budgets slashed.
Provinces in favour of latest Canada Job Grant offer: source
Concerns that the program will cut provincial, territorial funding, will have to be worked out individually with the federal Conservatives, the source said.
Job grant program change may cut support for disabled workers
The Canada Job Grant could end funding for Halifax’s Team Work job-coach program for people with disabilities.
Drop dead date on job grant not ‘threat,’ but ‘back up plan’: Kenney
“If certain provinces refuse to participate, that’s not the end of the world. We’ll deliver the job grant,” employment minister says.
Provinces, Kenney, meet to discuss counter offer on Canada Job Grant
The provinces want to make it less financially onerous for small business to participate in the program.
Businesses divided on skills gap tactics
Survey shows 71% of employers note responsibility to provide training programs but only 29% offer them.
Battle over Canada Job Grant not over yet
Jayson Myers says governments must address a lack of skilled workers and find out which training programs are working.
Kenney concedes provinces can’t match Canada Job Grant
Says he is optimistic an agreement with the provinces will be reached before the program goes into effect April 1.
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Skilled labour, LNG price are main issues of concern in Asia: BC minister
BC’s deputy premier says LNG proponents now think BC can deal with the issues and are willing to work with the province.
Fears of a US manufacturing skills gap are overblown: BCG
Current skills shortages reflect supply and demand imbalances in specific jobs in certain locations.
Small business confidence jumps in July
CFIB’s Business Barometer registers an almost five-point jump.
Forest products CEO collaborate for profit: PWC
Focusing on non-traditional business models for sustainability and growth: PWC.
Mining in Canada’s North to double by 2020
Conference Board forecasts overall mining output will grow by 91%, or 7.5% annually, until 2020.
SMEs’ confidence up after five-month decline: CFIB
Manufacturing optimism blows past national average.
Report warns of ongoing energy sector labour shortage
An aging workforce and a booming energy sector are going to pose a serious challenge for energy companies looking for workers over the next few years.
New immigration programs for skilled workers
New stream for workers in manufacturing and construction should be complete later this year, according to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.
China/US labour costs to converge by 2015
A new analysis by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) forecasts US manufacturing will experience a “renaissance” as the wage gap in China shrinks.
Five-year forecast: Oil and gas looking good
The Canadian oil and gas industry looks very positive over the next five years, but a CAPP report warns there’s always the potential for economic trauma.
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