Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It's nice to see everyone this afternoon.
This pandemic we're in, and the recession that's followed, is obviously quite extraordinary and unique. I look here in my own riding of Vaughan—Woodbridge, where we have certain sectors, and representatives from certain sectors, doing quite well. The retailers, specialty stores, the CP intermodal facility, and a bunch of logistical operators are doing very well and have not been impacted as others have. Unfortunately we have had some bricks-and-mortar retail stores that have been impacted.
I received a call from a young woman yesterday. She's going to be losing her job. The store she works at—I don't want to name the entity— is closing down across Canada, and she's going to be looking for work. With that, she's probably going to be looking to upgrade her skills. In one of the budgets in a prior session, we brought in the Canada training benefit, which was put forward to allow Canadians to upgrade their skills when they have transition.
I think Ms. Cooper mentioned this, and I think another economist mentioned this as well. Looking forward, how important is it for our government to ensure Canadians have access to training to upgrade their skills, especially in those sectors where they're going to be late to come on and have been impacted severely?
I'll throw this out to Mr. Porter first, and then to Ms. Cooper.