Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 26, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Employers and Workers of the Asia-Pacific Gateway

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 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

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Visit the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Web site at www.hrsdc.gc.ca.

backgrounder

Developing Canada's human resources is increasingly vital to succeeding in today's competitive global economy. The Government of Canada recognizes the need to maintain Canada's knowledge advantage, and to ensure that Canada has the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world.

Through the Sector Council Program, the Government of Canada works with cross-sectoral organizations, such as the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table, that bring together industry, labour, governments and Aboriginal interests to address human resources and skills development challenges. Through the Sector Council Program, the Government provided $1.5 million toward the costs of establishing and operating the Skills Table.

The Skills Table is a cross-sectoral, industry-driven organization that responds to human resources and skills development pressures associated with the building and operation of the Asia-Pacific Gateway by:

  • establishing priority projects;
  • leveraging investments in skills and human resources development projects;
  • supporting partnerships among industry stakeholders; and
  • advancing solutions and strategies adopted by the Skills Table to meet industry needs.

Through the Asia-Pacific Gateway Labour Market Information and Clearinghouse project, the Skills Table aims to improve the quality and availability of labour market information to stakeholders within the Gateway. Specifically, the project will:

  • establish a cross-sectoral, industry-led advisory committee;
  • conduct an environmental scan of existing cross-sectoral labour market information;
  • identify various skills challenges and opportunities, such as existing workplace skills development tools, skills gaps, short- and medium-term recruitment plans, and the assessment of skills upgrading needs; and
  • develop an online information management system to organize, summarize, update and maintain all project research and analysis. This system will also allow users to share information and knowledge.

Visit the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative Web site at www.pacificgateway.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table
    Vashti Singh
    Communications Manager
    604-684-1471 ext. 102
    604-839-7710
    or
    Transport Canada
    Media Relations Office
    613-993-0055