Jason Kenney, the federal minister responsible for the Canada Job Grant, said Dec 9, 2013 that he accepts that the provinces don't have the ability to match Ottawa's funding under the program and is trying to find a solution. (CP/Sean Kilpatrick)
The problem then -- and now -- is that the provinces and territories that actually run job training programs haven't signed on. Employment Minister Jason Kenney is meeting with his provincial counterparts this week in an effort to bring them on board. But the two sides are still far apart.
The Canada Job Grant is meant to provide $15,000 grants for employee training. But the $300-million the federal government has promised to fund the program would come from money Ottawa was already giving to the provinces to run existing job training programs. Some of the people running those programs worry they wouldn't be able to get funding under the new Canada Job Grant.
One organization that may be affected is BladeRunners in British Columbia. It has been around for 20 years and won awards for helping marginalized people get work.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Karin Marley and Sarah Grant.