Media Release from The Government of Canada and The Government of Saskatchewan
The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Battlefords–Lloydminster, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with the Honourable Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for Immigration, Jobs, Skills, and Training, issued Saskatchewan’s first Canada Job Grant to DynaIndustrial, a heavy industrial custom fabrication company.
DynaIndustrial will receive over $22,000 through the Canada Job Grant, which will allow the company to provide career development and skills training to 22 employees at their Regina and Saskatoon locations. The training will be diverse, ranging from leadership and sales to crane operations training. DynaIndustrial is investing an additional $11,000 towards this training. The company expects this will result in up to eight promotions in the next three years.
The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach aimed at helping Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. It is designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. By requiring employers to partner in training investments, the Canada Job Grant will result in skills training that leads to guaranteed jobs.
The Canada Job Grant provides up to $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in federal contributions.
“Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity,” Kenney said. “It is great to see that Saskatchewan’s employers are willing to put skin in the game to ensure they have the right workers with the right skills to help their businesses grow. The Canada Job Grant will lead to guaranteed jobs, which is great news for workers and Saskatchewan’s economy.”
“A qualified and skilled workforce is fundamental to a strong economy, and the Canada Job Grant puts training decisions where they belong, in the hands of employers who create jobs,” Ritz said. “DynaIndustrial is a great example of how the Canada Job Grant is helping workers in Saskatchewan get the skills and training they need to fill those jobs.”
“Since the Canada–Saskatchewan Job Grant was introduced in September, more than 50 employers have been approved for funding to train more than 295 Saskatchewan workers.” Harrison said. “The Job Grant helps employers get the workers they need, and helps men and women get the skills required to start or advance their career in Saskatchewan.”
“Without the Canada Job Grant, we would not have been able to offer as much high-quality training to our employees,” Vice-President of Human Resources and Quality Assurance, DynaVenture Corp Giselle Malyk said. “This training has helped our company expand our areas of technical expertise and diversify our skills to be more competitive in the marketplace. Also, by supporting career development and giving our future leaders the training they need to develop, we are confident our company is in good hands.”
“The Canada Job Grant is a game-changer for Saskatchewan business,” Vice President / Executive Director, Saskatchewan Manufacturing Council Derek Lothian said. “People, after all, are the foundation to any growing economy, and it is imperative that industry has access to the skilled workforce it needs to compete and win on the world stage. The Canada Job Grant does not only open new doors for employers, it provides new opportunity for workers across the province—better training, better jobs and a better future. From Saskatoon to Frontier, Regina to Englefeld, this program will directly translate into stronger companies and more prosperous communities.”
Currently, there are only two job seekers for every job vacancy in Saskatchewan, compared to a national average of five workers for every job. There is an urgent need to ensure that Saskatchewan’s remaining job seekers have the skills and experience to succeed.
By 2017-18, over $9.4 million per year will be available for the Canada Job Grant in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan is accepting employer applications for the Canada Job Grant. Employers are encouraged to apply at http://economy.gov.sk.ca/job-grant.
The Canada Job Grant is strongly supported by employers and other stakeholders including:
- Aerospace Industry Association of Canada;
- Building and Construction Trades Department, the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organizations;
- Canadian Construction Association;
- Canadian Electricity Association;
- Canadian Federation of Independent Business
- Canadian Home Builders’ Association;
- Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating;
- Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters;
- Canadian Shipowners Association;
- Canadian Welding Bureau;
- Chemistry Industry Association of Canada;
- Christian Labour Association of Canada;
- Engineers Canada;
- Information Technology Association of Canada;
- Merit Canada;
- National Association of Career Colleges;
- Polytechnics Canada;
- Progressive Contractors Association; and,
- Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.