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Human Resources committee  As I said, I think that's an interesting area of inquiry. It comes up in a number of different conversations. The government certainly has an interest in making sure that Canadians, wherever they are, have access to good jobs. It doesn't serve anybody's interest, as you pointed o

February 19th, 2019Committee meeting

Elisha Ram

Human Resources committee  There is already a tax recognition for moving expenses. That's available to people to earn employment. That's already in place. I think one can look at the possibility of other types of incentives. They don't have to be financial. A lot of the work we have been doing with sectors

February 19th, 2019Committee meeting

Elisha Ram

Human Resources committee  I'll allow my colleague to speak to the immigration side of it. From our perspective, addressing labour needs of the economy as a whole, including in construction in the GTA, as well as across the country, will require a multi-faceted approach. It's not going to be one tool and a

February 19th, 2019Committee meeting

Elisha Ram

Human Resources committee  That's a very interesting question. I think we need to think about the appropriate balance in this in terms of the role of the government in facilitating an open, transparent, flexible labour market. One of the responsibilities is in terms of employers offering competitive wages

February 19th, 2019Committee meeting

Elisha Ram

Human Resources committee  As noted earlier, apprenticeship completion is important. We do want to see more Canadians enter and complete their apprenticeships. I know that it is the same goal for provinces, territories and many employers as well. At the same time, an apprenticeship is a journey. It's goin

February 19th, 2019Committee meeting

Elisha Ram

Human Resources committee  Obviously, that's an area in which we've been doing a lot of work. We would like to see more women enter and stay in the trades.

February 19th, 2019Committee meeting

Elisha Ram

Human Resources committee  Maybe I can take that question. Absolutely, inspection and integrity are important parts of the TFW program. We're trying to balance a variety of different considerations. Yes, we want employers to have access to labour, but we have to make sure that Canadians are not being disa

February 19th, 2019Committee meeting

Elisha Ram

Human Resources committee  It's true that the low rate of completion is an issue in apprenticeships. However, I think it's important to remember that completion, by itself, is not the only metric, or even the most important metric, when it comes to whether apprenticeship is a useful pathway to employment.

February 19th, 2019Committee meeting

Elisha Ram

Human Resources committee  Good morning, everyone. I would like to begin by thanking the members of the standing committee for inviting me to speak today. I would also like to acknowledge that we are gathered here today on traditional, unceded Algonquin territory. As the associate assistant deputy minis

February 19th, 2019Committee meeting

Elisha Ram

International Trade committee  First, I apologize for being late this morning. I'm not very good at reading directions apparently, but I'm very pleased to be with you today. Thank you so much for the invitation. I'm Elisha Ram, the associate assistant deputy minister in the skills and employment branch of Emp

October 4th, 2018Committee meeting

Elisha Ram