WHITEHORSE – The Canada-Yukon Labour Market Agreement annual plan for 2010–11 was released today by Education Minister Patrick Rouble. $1.4 million will fund numerous projects as part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
“It is clear that the jobs of tomorrow will require additional training,” Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Diane Finley said. “That is why we are pleased to work with the Yukon government and support programs that will help Yukoners come out of this economic downturn with the skills they need to get good jobs and build better futures.”
The funds, administered by the Advanced Education branch, assist groups that are under-represented in the workplace and require additional support to fully engage in Yukon’s labour market. This includes social assistance recipients, people with disabilities, older workers, youth, First Nations, women in trades, and immigrants.
“This funding provides an opportunity for Yukon to enhance its current efforts to support the development of the labour market,” Rouble said. “Through the Labour Market Agreement we are ensuring the availability of programs and services that will help prepare Yukoners for Yukon opportunities.”
The Labour Market Agreement was signed in July 2009 and provides Yukon with $2.9 million over five years. As part of the agreement, Yukon is also delivering the Strategic Training and Transition Fund, an additional investment of $2.9 million for 2009–10 and 2010–11. To see this year’s plan visit education.gov.yk.ca/advanceded/labour/850.html.