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Public Accounts committee  Yes. Thank you very much. Just super quickly, the Government of Canada invests about a billion dollars annually in the skilled trades and has made significant new investments over the past few years, including the new apprenticeship service, as well as the most recent budget 202

June 7th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Environment committee  Thank you very much for the question. We do this on a couple of fronts. We do it through the foreign credential recognition program, for which we also received new funding as part of budget 2022. As well, we do it through the Red Seal program, which really facilitates the mobili

April 28th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  Again, that would be a question best answered by IRCC. We do have a number of apprenticeship programs we are looking at to get youth more engaged in the trades and to get marginalized equity-deserving groups more engaged in the trades. It is predominantly a white male-driven occu

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  The vast majority are at the provincial level. They often further delegate that responsibility to regulators in their province. There are a few exceptions that are federal.

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  Yes, we do. For example, in the trades it's something that we do look at. However, systems are often very different, depending on the country of origin. Our colleagues at immigration also look at things before people come to Canada. Are there ways to facilitate them in gatherin

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  I can't speak to that particular example, but that is exactly what we're trying to do at a federal level—look at some of these best practices, make sure they work, replicate them more on a national level and encourage other PTs to take on similar practices.

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  It's a great question. Thank you. I would just say this: How do we best onboard everybody? I think this will require everybody's participation, whether it's colleges, employers or workers. How do we convince them that it is in everybody's interest to make sure that we have a str

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  We'll have to get back to you on the studies themselves, as I'm not familiar with any currently within my portfolio. We are offering loans and grants to apprentices. We have the Canada apprentice loan and we have numerous grants available to support apprentices. They are grants,

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  Thank you very much for the question. That question is hard to answer, because it really depends on the occupation. For something like a physician, it might take longer and be more expensive to get their credentials recognized. It depends on so many factors, such as whether the

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  We're looking at all kinds of solutions. There's no one solution to the skills and labour shortages that we have. That's why we need a suite of programs, programs that not only support those who are in the labour market now but also look at the next generation and also look outsi

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  We'll have to get a written communication to follow up on that question.

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  Again, unfortunately, we'll have to get somebody to follow up on that answer.

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  Yes, there is an emphasis, as I mentioned previously. In budget 2021, there was $470 million that was invested over three years in a new apprenticeship service to help SMEs onboard and hire first-year apprentices. They can receive up to $5,000 for the first apprentice they hire a

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates

Industry committee  I think that's part of what we're trying to do through programs like the sectoral workforce solutions program. It is to empower and enable employers to do more. Again, there is a concrete example. If we're making a transition to a low-carbon economy, do employers know all the de

April 26th, 2022Committee meeting

Chris Bates