3) To Federal, Territorial and Aboriginal Governments
Develop incentives for employers to develop and deliver workplace and workforce literacy programs.
Design incentives to target small and medium employers – business and non-profits. Quebec has legislation that requires firms to make a minimum investment in training. Ontario recently introduced an apprenticeship training tax credit23. Some other examples to consider include:
- Develop a tax credit or other incentive to encourage small and medium employers to invest in training.
- Consider a policy to tie training requirements with signed contracts for government work. For example, construction contracts must keep licensed journey people on site and hire a certain number of apprentices.
- Provide a training fund with matching contributions from employers and government.
- Develop a training levy. Consider joint governance of the funds. Include social partners who represent ‘at risk’ and other normally under-represented groups to improve distribution of training opportunities.
- Be more flexible with funding such as from EI and LMDA. Help ensure people not eligible for EI get funding for essential skills training.
- Continue to use tools such as socio-economic agreements and impact benefits agreements to identify targets for northern training, employment and business opportunities with large resource development projects.
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