Trudeau invests in jobs and skills training for Canadians

WATERLOO, ON – It is critical that Canadians have the opportunity to improve their skills and work credentials, to help meet the needs of a modern economy, and to ensure that Canadians have good-paying, middle class jobs, said the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today.

“After a decade of Harper, Canadians have seen their personal debt rise and their job prospects shrink. They want to find better opportunities, but can’t get access to the training they need,” said Mr. Trudeau. “A Liberal government will create more job opportunities and will make it easier for Canadians to improve their skills. Canadians deserve the chance to build a better life for themselves and their families.”

The Liberal plan will improve investment in skills training, through a $750 million annual increase in funding for training programs delivered in partnership with the provinces, territories, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit. A Liberal government will also invest $25 million per year in training facilities, and will work with employers and labour to determine an appropriate apprenticeship ratio for all federal infrastructure projects.

“These proposals – along with our three point plan to create jobs, grow the middle class, and help those working hard to join it – will give working Canadians the help they need today. Harper won’t help Canadians. And Mulcair’s immediate priority is eliminating Harper’s deficit, which has already forced him to break his promises on health care, transit, and child care,” said Mr. Trudeau. “By investing in skills training for Canada’s labour force, Liberals are not only correcting the mistakes of the Harper decade – we are building a country that gives everyone a real and fair chance to succeed.”

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