Skills Training

Through the Economic Action Plan, the Government is transforming the way in which Canadians access the training they need to get jobs in high-demand fields. These include skilled trades, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Click through the individual initiatives listed below to learn more about what is in the Economic Action Plan for you.

As announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government is retooling the $1.95-billion-per-year Labour Market Development Agreements with provinces and territories to reorient training towards labour market demand.
Internships for the Next Generation of Research and Development Leaders Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to provide $56.4 million over four years, starting in 2016–17, to Mitacs in support of more than 6,000 new graduate-level research and development internships focused on business-related challenges.
Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to provide $22 million over five years, starting in 2015–16, to Natural Resources Canada to renew the Targeted Geoscience Initiative, with a focus on developing new in-depth geoscience knowledge to inform the exploration of deeper mineral deposits.
Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to provide a one-time investment of $65 million over four years, starting in 2016–17, to business and industry associations to allow them to work with willing post-secondary institutions to better align curricula with the needs of employers.
Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to provide $1 million over five years, starting in 2015–16, to promote the adoption of the Blue Seal Certification program across Canada.

Through Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government has introduced several new measures that would provide Employment Insurance (EI) claimants with additional supports to enable quicker returns to work, while clarifying what is expected of them while looking for work.

The Government of Canada is launching a new approach to economic immigration in January 2015 called Express Entry that will be a fast, flexible and responsive tool. It will help respond to Canada’s labour market needs by providing new recruitment possibilities for employers.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide $36 million over four years to renew the Computers for Schools Program, providing students and interns with access to information and communications technology equipment and skills training.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to reallocate $15 million annually towards supporting up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized enterprises.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide $11.4 million over four years to support the expansion of vocational training programs for persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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