The house resumed from Monday, March 13, consideration in committee of the following proposed resolution-Mr. Rogers-Mr. Sanderson in the chair.
That it is expedient to introduce a measure for the purpose of promoting and assisting in the training of unemployed young people to fit them for gainful employment in Canada and, for such purpose, to appropriate sums aggregating four million five hundred thousand dollars to be expended over a period of three years beginning with the fiscal year ending the 31st March, 1940. The application of the act and the payments made thereunder to be conditional upon such terms and conditions as may be agreed upon with the several provinces.
Hon. NORMAN McL. ROGERS (Minister of Labour): The purpose of the bill to be based upon this resolution is set out accurately in the resolution itself. Briefly stated, the purpose is to ensure continuity over a period of three years for the training given to unemployed young people in cooperation with the provinces. During the past two years, under the Unemployment and Agricultural Assistance Act, appropriations have been made for a similar purpose. In the fiscal year 1937-38 the appropriation was $1,000,000. In the following year the new appropriation was $1,500,000. In the proposed legislation it is intended to fix the annual appropriation at $1,500,000 and to extend that for a period of three years. It has been submitted to us by the provinces that continuity of the training program assured in this way will permit of much greater efficiency and more satisfactory coordination of the various youth training plans.
If it meets with the approval of hon. members, I intend to reserve any extended remarks of mine until second reading of the bill, at which time there will be debate upon the principle of the measure. The discussion as to details might be reserved until we reach the committee stage.
Resolution reported, read the second time and concurred in. Mr. Rogers thereupon moved for leave to introduce Bill No. 94, to provide for the training of young people to fit them for gainful employment.
Motion agreed to and bill read the first time. SUPPLY
The house in committee of supply, Mr. Sanderson in the chair.