Government of Canada, Minister, Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney Recognizes Essential Skills Day 2013 Celebrations Across Canada

Government of Canada, Minister, Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney Recognizes Essential Skills Day 2013 Celebrations Across Canada Business, government, unions and the literacy and essential skills sector shine spotlight on skills for employment and investment in skills and training Press Release: ABC Life Literacy Canada 5 hours ago Related Content OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Sep 27, 2013) – Editors Note: A photo for this release will be available on the Canadian Press picture wire via Marketwire. Today, in celebration of the fourth annual Essential Skills Day, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister, Employment and Social Development joined officials from ABC Life Literacy Canada, RESDAC and Skills Canada to tour workforce training programs at Algonquin College. Essential Skills Day is a nationwide initiative celebrated annually in September to raise awareness about the importance of workforce training and the nine essential skills. The day aims to demonstrate to employers and employees the importance of workforce training as a solution to unlocking a more productive Canada. “The Government of Canada is committed to helping Canadians obtain the skills and training needed to successfully secure jobs and succeed in the workplace,” said the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism. “Essential Skills Day is an opportunity to recognize the important work of ABC Life Literacy Canada and our many other partners to improve literacy and essential skills across the country.” The unprecedented impact of technology has affected virtually every job. As the level of job skills required changes rapidly, the need for skilled employees is increasing. Even established jobs that could once be filled by workers with minimal skills now require much higher levels of training. “For those Canadians who have low levels of literacy, the job market is becoming less accessible. By investing in literacy and essential skills training, we can start to close the skills gap,” said Gillian Mason, President of ABC Life Literacy Canada. “It’s important that employers integrate lifelong learning into the workplace, to ensure that all Canadians have the skills they need to live a fully engaged life.” “A lack of essential skills in our workforce is holding back Canada’s economic potential,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Without these basic skills, too many employees won’t benefit from the training and learning that’s needed for our economy to succeed.” A study by the Conference Board of Canada indicated that employees in workforce training programs take more ownership of their work, make better decisions and become more engaged within the organization. Another clear benefit was increased health and safety, as workforce training helps employees better understand safety rules and procedures, leading to fewer injuries, reduced insurance costs and less employee downtime.

Canada Budget Deficit Widens in July as Revenue Falls

Luda Diatchenkos appointment as Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Human Pain Genetics. Dr. Diatchenko is McGills first appointment under the prestigious, $10 million-plus federal research program. Luda Diatchenko is recognized as one of the worlds top pain researchers. Diatchenko, who joined the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain this month, came to McGill from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies basic molecular and genetic mechanisms of human pain, with the goal of creating personalized pain treatments. With an estimated one in five Canadians suffering from chronic pain at a cost of some $10 to $15 billion in lost productivity such new therapies would have huge implications for both quality of life and the economy. Under the CERC, Diatchenko and her team will receive up to $10 million in federal funding over seven years. That funding will be matched by an additional $20 million from public and private sources, including the government of Quebec, Pfizer Canada and McGill. In addition to those funds, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will contribute $785,000 for infrastructure necessary for Dr. Diatchenkos work. This funding has helped make Canada a world leader in post-secondary research and in post-secondary research training, said Minister Rickford. It is creating the knowledge and highly trained workforce necessary for a prosperous Canada. Were making these investments because we understand the importance of partnering across sectors: academia, industry, government. As the prime minister has said, science empowers commerce, it creates economic opportunities and, most importantly, it improves the health outcomes and quality of life for Canadians.

The deficit for the month grew to C$1.98 billion ($1.93 billion) from C$1.35 billion a year earlier, the finance department said in a statement . Revenue fell 2.6 percent and public debt charges increased 3.8 percent to C$2.48 billion. Finance Minister Jim Flahertys annual budget, released in March, projected a deficit for the current fiscal year that began April 1 of C$18.7 billion, down from C$25.9 billion the previous year, in large part by reducing direct program expenses. The government anticipates direct program expenses, which dont include transfers to provinces or individuals, to fall to C$119.2 billion this year from C$122.1 billion. Spending on that component in the first four months of the current year rose 5.5 percent to C$34.2 billion. The budget gap for the first four months of the fiscal year widened to C$4.54 billion from C$4.16 billion. The finance department said the government is still on track to meet its 2013 budget targets. Total program expenses including transfers are up 3.4 percent in the four-month period, while revenue has increased 2.6 percent. Spending rose 0.1 percent in July. To contact the reporter on this story: Theophilos Argitis in Ottawa at To contact the editor responsible for this story: David Scanlan at More News: