Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Government of Canada supports employers and workers of the Asia-Pacific Gateway

Government of Canada supports employers and workers of the Asia-Pacific Gateway

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, January 26, 2010-A new research project for the Asia-Pacific Gateway will help ensure that Canada has the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"The Asia-Pacific Gateway is vital to Canada's future economic prosperity," said Minister Day. "As the economy recovers, we will face challenges in an increasingly competitive marketplace. "Our government is helping Canadians get the information on jobs and skills training they need to meet those challenges."

Recognizing the importance of working with industry and other stakeholders, the Government of Canada established the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table to develop projects that address the recruitment, retention and skills development needs of the many interests involved in the Gateway.

"The improving economy will lead to a tighter labour market and the challenge of managing skills shortages within a shrinking pool of available labour," said Ms. Oksana Exell, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table. "Having regular and reliable information will become increasingly important for Gateway employers. It is critical that the Skills Table can respond in both a timely and targeted manner to address employer needs."

The Skills Table is receiving over $388,000 to administer its Asia-Pacific Gateway Labour Market Information and Clearinghouse project, which aims to strengthen the quality and availability of key labour market information within the Gateway. It will also create an online tool that will make it easier for people and organizations to share and find information on training and skills development.

The funding for this project is provided through the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative. The federal government has committed up to $3 million under this initiative to fund projects identified by the Skills Table.

To protect Canadians from the impacts of the global economic downturn and help provide for the country's long-term growth, the Government has developed Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development and training.

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For further information:

Vashti Singh
Communications Manager
Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table
604-684-1471 ext. 102

Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table wishes to acknowledge the funding support from the Sector Council Program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative led by Transport Canada.