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January 20, 2014

Job Grant stumbles

The federal minister responsible for the Canada Job Grant says he accepts that the provinces don't have the ability to match Ottawa's funding under the program and is trying to find a solution.

Jason Kenney, minister of employment and social development, said he can’t go into detail because discussions with the provinces about the program are ongoing. But, a recently revised offer reflects the inability of the provinces to match funds.

Kenney is cautiously optimistic an agreement can be reached before the plan is scheduled to go into effect April 1.

He also said Canadian employers are not spending enough on skills development for workers and wants them to change that.

Kenney is prepared for the federal government to go it alone on the job grant, but Ottawa’s preference is to work with the provinces.

News from © Canadian Press Enterprises Inc., 2014

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