Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement

On March 28, 2014, Ontario signed the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement with the federal government. The agreement is an important source of funding for new initiatives to help Ontario employers develop their workforce through employer-led training. (50) This Agreement, including the Annexes, covers the entire agreement which the Parties have concluded with regard to the subject matter of this Agreement. The provincial governments did not want the federal funding for the program to come from the labour market agreements they had with each province since 2007. [11] The $300 million program, which represents a redistribution of 60% of federal contributions to labour market agreements, would require provincial funding programs implemented through the Labour Market Agreement with other means. [11] These programs, considered successful, ensured that 86% of participants maintained employment two years after the training. [11] This copy of the text of the bilateral transfer agreement between the Government of Canada and Ontario is for reference and research purposes only. The final signed version of the agreement is the official version between the parties. (2) Canada and Ontario agree that, in order to support programming flexibility, Ontario`s eligible programs funded under this Agreement fall under one of the following priority areas: Canada and Ontario agree that Ontario has primary responsibility for the design and delivery of employment and training programs and services funded by this Agreement and consult with Ontarians in this regard; Provincial government officials also said it had removed full control over the issuance of funds by the provinces. Marceau called it “economic sabotage.” [2] At the July 2013 Council of the Federation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, premiers unanimously rejected the Canada Job Grant.

[9] Kathleen Wynne, ontario`s premier, said the proposed fund “will not work the way it is.” [9] 30. (1) Ontario undertakes to conduct, jointly with Canada, an evaluation of the results, impact and effectiveness of eligible programmes and financial resources made available under this Agreement. The evaluation covers the period from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021 and is due to be completed by 31 March 2022. The agreement also eliminated the requirement for provincial and territorial governments to provide appropriate funding. [10] Instead, the federal government covered two-thirds of each person`s training costs, with the other being funded by the individual`s employer. [10] An exception was also introduced for small businesses, which reduced their necessary contribution from 33% to 15% of costs. [10] The federal government has also agreed to conduct a review by December 2015 to assess the effectiveness of the training program. [14] 13. In each fiscal year during the period covered by the Agreement, Ontario undertakes to contribute up to the amount allocated in accordance with Subsection 12(a) to the costs of the Employment and Training Programs for Persons with Disabilities program from Ontario`s own revenues.

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