ST. JOHN’S— Public consultations on potential changes to federal skills and employment programs will be held in Corner Brook and Stephenville this week.
The provincial government is holding the sessions to gain a view of how employers and other stakeholders feel about potential changes to program funding for skilled trades and employment.
Under the potential changes, the federal government would divert as much as $600 million in funding from existing programming to the Canada Job Grant. There is a further concern that a requirement of businesses to contribute to the proposed Canada Job Grant in order to participate would leave the majority of small and medium-sized businesses excluded.
“Employers are telling us there has been insufficient federal consultation on potential changes to federal skilled trades and employment program funding through the proposed Canada Job Grant,” said Kevin O’Brien, minister of Advanced Education and Skills. “These provincial consultations will provide opportunities for employers to identify their concerns, and help shape a collective voice that the federal government must consider.”
The Corner Brook meeting is scheduled for Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the AES Employment Centre in the Alyward Building on Union Street.
The Stephenville meeting will take place on Thursday at the Kindale Public Library from noon to 1 p.m.
To register, call the Department of Advanced Education and Skills at 1-800-563-6600 or email: LMCIhotline@gov.nl.ca. Anyone who cannot attend a session can visit www.aes.gov.nl.ca to complete a survey and/or provide written feedback.