More than 5,500 British Columbians across the province are receiving training for jobs in their communities, thanks to an investment of almost $36 million from the provincial and federal governments under the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.
The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, along with Shirley Bond, British Columbia’s Minister of Jobs Tourism, Skills Training and Responsible for Labour, announced today that Employment Services and Supports (ESS) contracts have been finalized with 63 service providers to deliver targeted skills training programs across B.C. Some programs completed in March of 2016, while the remainder will continue into September 2016.
The ESS programs provide a wide range of skills training, from job readiness and essential skills to entrepreneurial and trades training for under-represented groups in the trades, including youth, women, Aboriginal people and immigrants. Some training is delivered in partnership with the Industry Training Authority and the Ministry of Advanced Education. The goal of the training is to help unemployed British Columbians who face barriers to employment find steady work.
B.C. has reached a tipping point, with fewer youth entering the workforce than older workers leaving it. That is why, through the B.C. Skills for Jobs Blueprint, government is re-engineering education and training programs toward a data-driven system to ensure that investment decisions align with the needs of its rapidly changing labour market. This way, more British Columbians will have the skills they need to be first in line for in-demand jobs.
Through the Canada Job Fund agreements, $500 million is provided annually to provinces and territories for investments in programs and services to equip Canadians with the skills they need to fill available jobs. Under the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement, B.C. receives a total of $65 million per year, its per capita share of the available funding.
The Canada-British Columbia Job Fund helps ensure training programs give individuals the skills to enter and succeed in the job market. The objective of the ESS stream is to increase the labour-market participation of unemployed British Columbians who are not eligible for Employment Insurance by helping them enter or return to the workforce.
MaryAnn Mihychuk, federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour –
“I am pleased that funding provided under the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund is helping individuals who are facing barriers get the skills and training supports they need to find and maintain a job. This is one example of the investments we are making to grow our economy, strengthen our middle class, and help those working hard to join it. ”
Shirley Bond, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Responsible for Labour –
“We are expecting nearly one million job openings in British Columbia in the next 10 years due to retirements and economic growth and it is important that British Columbians have the skills and training they need for these future openings.
“These training programs will help many British Columbians create paths to successful careers. Investment in skills training is critical to keeping our economy diverse, strong and growing.”
- In 2014-15, the Canada-B.C. Job Fund provided training opportunities to more than 16,000 British Columbians throughout the province to develop the skills they need for a wide range of jobs in B.C. and engaged more than 930 employers to provide skills training.
- B.C. will have nearly one million job openings by 2024 due to retirements and economic growth.
- Thousands of new job openings are expected in every region of British Columbia by 2024:
- Vancouver Island/ Coast: 158,900 job openings
- Mainland/ Southwest: 569,500 job openings
- North Coast/ Nechako/ Northeast and Cariboo: 57,900 job openings
- Southeast: 147,900 job openings
- Almost eight out of 10 of these job openings will require post-secondary education or trades training.
- As announced in Budget 2016, the Government of Canada will invest an additional $50 million in 2016-17 in the Canada Job Fund Agreements. B.C will receive its share of this additional funding.
- The B.C. government invests more than $7.5 billion each year in education and training.
- Over the next 10 years, the B.C. government will redirect $3 billion in training investments towards these in-demand jobs.
- Canada Job Fund: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/training_agreements/cjf/index.shtml
- Canada Job Grant: http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/training_agreements/cjg/index.shtml
- Canada-B.C. Job Grant: https://www.workbc.ca/canadabcjobgrant
- British Columbia’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint: https://www.workbc.ca/skills
- B.C. Labour Market Outlook 2024: https://www.workbc.ca/getmedia/9e0cadba-16d9-49d5-971b-7e9afd2561d7/BC-LM-Outlook-2014-2024_C.pdf.aspx
- Ministry of Advanced Education’s Aboriginal Community-based Training Partnership funding NR: http://ow.ly/Z30DY
A backgrounder follows.