Building a future for young Canadians is central to the reason why I’m running in Burnaby North- Seymour.
The announcement today that a Liberal government will invest 1.3 billion dollars on skills training and work experience focuses on the need to invest in the next generation. With a plan that extends over the next three years, it’s 13 times more than what the NDP has put forward.
Among other items, the renewed Youth Employment Strategy will create 40,000 youth jobs each year for the next three years with an annual investment of $300 million.
It’s an investment I understand well. As an entrepreneur in the tech sector, I’ve helped grow the kind of jobs that Canada – and Canadians – need and want.
These are jobs that diversify the country’s economy, are globally competitive, and carry a softer environmental footprint.
Skills training is also a part of today’s announcement with a plan to invest $40 million annually to help employers create new co-op placements for science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business students. As an adjunct professor with the School of Business at SFU, I know just how important it is that students have the opportunity to base their academic learning in the real world. My students recently rated me – and I like to think my high scores were a testament to the fact that I bring my experience from the world of business directly into the classroom. It’s certainly not my jokes!
In the weeks ahead, I’ll be hosting roundtables on the environment, education, the economy & innovation, and the importance of developing policy based on facts. It’s a chance for me to meet and listen to people in our riding.
Monday, Sept. 15 – Evidence-based policy development
Monday, Sept. 21 – Environment
Monday, Sept. 28 – Economy & Innovation
Monday, Oct. 5 – Education
All 7pm – 8:30 pm at 4684 Hastings (close to Beta)
Drop by and join the conversation!