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Canada Govt, Manitoba to help Manitobans get jobs

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Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Theresa Oswald, Manitoba Minister of Jobs and the Economy, signed agreements to help connect Manitobans with jobs.

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The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help 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 put more skin in the game, the Canada Job Grant will result in training that leads to guaranteed jobs. The Canada Job Grant will be delivered though the new Canada-Manitoba Job Fund (formerly known as a labour market agreement).

Also signed was the new Canada-Manitoba Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD). With increased employer involvement and improved reporting of outcomes, the new agreement will better connect Canadians with disabilities with available jobs.

The LMAPDs are the single largest federal government investment in helping Canadians with disabilities get jobs. Under this agreement, the Government of Canada will provide close to $9 million per year to Manitoba, a contribution that will be matched by the province.

Additionally, Canada and Manitoba renewed the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, a federal-provincial/territorial cost-shared initiative that provides unemployed older workers in eligible communities with training to re-enter the workforce. This represents a three-year federal investment of over $1.5 million in Manitoba.

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