Jobs grant ads meant to encourage input

Local MP Randy Kamp says that Canada Job Grant advertising is meant to encourage input.

Editor, The News:

Re: Wasting money on advertising an idea (Letters, June 21).

I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight regarding the Canada Job Grant.

One of the main challenges to continued economic growth in Canada is the fact that too many jobs go unfilled because employers can’t find workers with the right skills.

The Canada Job Grant is a program designed to help Canadians acquire the skills needed to improve their job prospects, as well as to help employers fill available jobs with Canadians who want to work.

In Economic Action Plan 2013, our Government announced that implementation of the Canada Job Grant is expected for 2014 – 2015.

Our Government is committed to working with the provinces and to consult with the public to work out the design details of the Canada Job Grant.

Upon implementation of this program, it is estimated that nearly 130,000 Canadians each year will have access to the training they need.

The advertisements for the Canada Job Grant are meant to communicate to Canadians about this program and to encourage input from the public on the design details of the Canada Job Grant.

This process is important as we believe training should be taken out of the hands of government and placed in the hands of employers and available workers.

I encourage all Canadians to read more about the Canada Job Grant, and the other initiatives included in Economic Action Plan 2013.

Randy Kamp, MP

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows-Mission