If you've ever visited Oxbow, Saskatchewan, you'll know the town is full of opportunity. Businesses are thriving, and Saskarc Industries is no exception.
Since its establishment in 1991, Saskarc has earned a reputation as an industry-leading custom metal fabricator and project management company, serving customers not only in its southeastern Saskatchewan home-base but across North America.
The company credits much of its success to the talented people working there but admits that the downturn in oil prices has affected its business with the oil and gas industry being a primary client.
"Our mission at Saskarc is to add value to everything we do by creating better solutions,” said Cherry Fedalizo, director of corporate services/human resources. “Despite the challenging economic factors we’re facing in today’s market, we needed to find a way to continue balancing operational efficiency and engaging and empowering staff to drive for better solutions for our clients.”
Enter the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant.
The Job Grant helps businesses and non-profit organizations – of all industries, sizes and regions – to upskill its workforce and train new or existing employees for available jobs.
Through this program, employers and government partner to fund the selected training – to which the employer contributes one third of the training cost, and federal and provincial governments contribute the remaining two-thirds.
Saskarc has used the Job Grant to train more than 60 per cent of its workforce in 16 programs, ranging from safety to software and from efficiency to advanced rigging training.
“I would highly recommend the Job Grant program to employers that want to remain competitive in today’s market,” Fedalizo said. “The Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant reduced the financial burden of training to our organization, helping us provide training to staff at all levels and creating an engaged and inspired workforce that is ready to hit the ground running.”
Here’s how the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant works.
- Select the trainees and the training program;
- Pay one-third of the eligible training costs (employers can make multiple grant applications to a maximum of $250,000 annually, and up to $10,000 per individual trainee); and
- Employ the trainee at the end of training.
The application process is simple – interested employers complete the eligibility checklist to determine whether the proposed training activities are eligible, forward the checklist to the local Labour Market Services (LMS) office, and LMS staff will contact you to complete the application.
To learn more about the program, eligibility, and application process, please visit the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant webpage.