I think one of the things I can think of just off the top of my head this morning is the example of the Canada job fund agreements. The funds from those agreements are accessed by employers to deal with training costs. I don't see why some of those costs couldn't be built into that type of program so that for the employers who are putting in the training, who are contributing to the costs of recruiting and training and retaining that person, could take advantage of the program, and the government would be putting in its fair share too, so that at the end of the day, it would really be up to whether or not that individual is the type of worker the company wants to hire. That company is seeing that individual as a worthy investment. I think we have some programs that we could build upon to create such a situation, so that it's not just a matter of one side or the other bearing the burden. Taxpayers shouldn't be paying for the whole thing and, certainly, neither should the small or medium employer.
On April 6th, 2017. See this statement in context.