Gallant to co-lead negotiations for provinces on skills training

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Premier Brian Gallant will co-lead a working-group established to negotiate with the federal government on possible changes to the labour market development agreements. Gallant was asked to assume the role by his provincial counterparts at the recent Council of the Federation meetings in Ottawa.

He will join two of his provincial colleagues, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, to represent the provinces and territories in these negotiations.

“We are working together as premiers so that we can collaborate and share our concerns on possible changes to the labour market development agreements with the federal government,” said Gallant. “This is an important program for us here in New Brunswick and is needed to create the conditions for long-term economic growth and job creation, this program also allows us to make important investments in literacy and workforce skills.”

The federal government created the labour market development agreements with all provinces and territories to increase the labour market participation of groups that are under-represented in Canada’s labour force and to enhance the employability and skills of the labour force.

The working group plans to report back to their colleagues in advance of a scheduled summer meeting of the provincial leaders.

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