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SOURCE Canada's Economic Action Plan
YELLOWKNIFE, Feb. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, continued his five-day northern tour to learn first-hand about the territories' booming economy, meet with employers and training institutions to learn more about challenges like the skills shortage, highlight Economic Action Plan 2014 and explain and discuss recently announced changes to Employment Insurance for residents of Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
During his visit to Aurora College, Minister Kenney congratulated Conan Zoe, the 1 000th person to obtain employment through skills training sponsored by the Mine Training Society and the Government of Canada. In his speech, the Minister also outlined government efforts to help employers find the workers they need to address the skills gap.
Minister Kenney also signed the first Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities with the Northwest Territories. This agreement will create jobs and opportunities for Canadians with disabilities in the Northwest Territories by ensuring they have the skills and training employers are looking for.
While in Yellowknife, Minister Kenney also announced $285,000 in federal government support through the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers to provide older workers with skills upgrading, hands-on experience and safety training and certification. Graduates are expected to get jobs in the Behchoko tourism industry.
Minister Kenney also highlighted measures in Economic Action Plan 2014 that create jobs and opportunities and increase the quality of life for northerners including infrastructure investments, a new fund to improve health care services in the North, a commitment to enhance funding for the Nutrition North program and the Government of Canada's efforts to submit the strongest possible claim to the United Nations to protect Canadian sovereignty in the North.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity for all Canadians. Economic growth in the
territories is expected to outpace most other regions in Canada. We are
capitalizing on this potential by helping northerners get the training
they need to get jobs, fill skills shortages and contribute to a
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development
"We see our success one person at a time, and all those people add up to
a large number. Mr. Zoe, being our 1 000th person to obtain employment with the assistance of the Mine Training
Society, proves that individual numbers can add up over time. One
thousand people represents over 5 percent of our labour force in the
- Iris Catholique, Chairperson of the Mine Training Society
Government of Canada's Northern Strategy
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