Kenney noted that government programs and policies are in place to ensure Canadians have skills for in-demand jobs, asserting that access to a highly skilled workforce is critical for employers to fill positions vacated by retiring Baby Boomers. Kenney also said that with $650 billion in major resource projects that will come online in the next decade and the need for 300,000 new construction workers, 150,000 new petroleum workers and 145,000 new mining workers, skilled workers are essential.
“Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians,” he said. “That is why our government is working hard to create opportunities for all Canadians to develop the skills they need to succeed today and in the future.”
The #Can2020 Conference’s stated objective is to inform and influence debate, to identify progressive policy solutions and to help redefine federal government for a modern Canada. The gathering seeks to achieve this by convening leading authorities from Canada and abroad, generating original policy thinking, and prioritizing effective communication.
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More employer-led training as well as expedited recognition for the foreign credentials of new Canadians – they’re just two of items on the federal government’s agenda, Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney said at the #Can2020 Conference.