Advertised jobs program does not yet exist

Turn on your television this playoff season, and chances are you will run across an ad from the Government of Canada touting its new Canada Job Grant, unveiled in the spring budget. The ads promise $15,000 in funding for unemployed workers who need training, followed by the usual cheery invitation to “find out more.”

There’s just one catch — well, two, actually. Workers who look up the advertised website will find out rather less than more about the program — for the simple reason that the program, as such, does not yet exist. Ottawa proposes to foot only one-third of the cost of the grants; the remainder is contingent on the participation of the provinces and employers, which has yet to be negotiated.

What is more (less?), it appears some of the larger provinces may never sign on. Quebec has already signaled its outright refusal (but you knew that), while…

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