Canadian Job Grant pulling attention away from the skills gap

The battle between the federal government and the provinces regarding the Canada Job Grant may just be the forefront to a larger conflict, notes Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney. This fight between the two governments, according to Kenney, is just a lead into the real issue we are facing in today’s economy: the perceived skills gap in the country.

Minister Jason Kenney states he is frustrated that “the negotiations on the Canada Job Grant, which provinces have largely opposed, have ‘sucked the oxygen’ out of the larger conversation of how to tackle the perceived skills gap in the country” when the focus should be on the main issue, the broader skills agenda. The attention being placed on the Job Grant has taken the spotlight off of “one of the most important future economic issues”, which is a concern, considering there is more work to be done on more pressing economic issues.

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