May 31, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Howard Douglas McCurdy

New Democratic Party

Mr. McCurdy:

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for the question. It gives me the opportunity to refer to Jobs Ontario Youth, which is particularly aimed at young people, and Jobs Ontario Training, both of which are predicated on the notion that the private sector not only has a role but in our view also has an obligation.
That is why we proposed a grant levy system for funding training. Those industries that provided training would have a tax forgiveness while those that did not provide training would have to pay an additional tax. This would be one way of stimulating their involvement in it. If an adequate contribution by private industry could be had without those kinds of measures, then certainly that would be fine with us.
Most certainly, if there is going to be a relevant training program it must be based on industrial need, on economic need within the community or the province, within the sector to ensure that we do not waste money as we did in the past. People were being trained with skills that were archaic by the time they finished their work. It requires that those who are going to hire be involved in the training. That is elementary.

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