The province released its third annual action plan to meet NovaScotia’s labour market challenges, today, Dec. 21. The Skills Nova Scotia Action Plan outlines activities theprovince is undertaking with partners in business, labour,education, training and communities to create a strong andvibrant economy and labour force. Highlights of the action plan include access to high qualitylabour market information, improved labour market access andsupports, the creation of a career development service for NovaScotia and increased labour market supports to immigrants. “Our partners are key to helping Nova Scotians get the educationand training they need to be successful and meet the needs of thelabour market today and in the future,” said Education MinisterJamie Muir. “Skills Nova Scotia is an investment in our peopleand our province, a plan to build a strong workforce and brightfuture for Nova Scotia.” Provincially, nationally, and globally the labour force is agingand birth rates are decreasing. These realities are contributingto the labour market challenges of today and are predicted tocreate greater challenges for the future. Skills Nova Scotia is a provincial initiative that responds toemerging needs by increasing the opportunities for Nova Scotiansto acquire the skills, training, and education necessary toobtain successful employment. In 2002, the province launched the Skills Nova Scotia Framework.It outlines three goals: meet the skill needs of Nova Scotia’slabour market; provide better labour market access and supportsto Nova Scotians; and strengthen Nova Scotia’s system of lifelonglearning opportunities. The province also produces an annual progress report whichdetails achievements on the strategies, initiatives andactivities that are highlighted in the action plan. Copies of the Skills Nova Scotia Action Plan 2004-05 and the2003-04 Report on Progress are available on the website athttp://skillsnovascotia.ednet.ns.ca or bycalling 902-424-7764.
The average value for the Canadian dollar on Wednesday was 76.57 cents US, up 0.74 of a cent from Tuesday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.3060, down 1.28 cents.Pound sterling was at C$1.6867, up 0.08 of a cent, and US$1.2915, up 1.31 cents.The Euro was at C$1.4844, down 0.69 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.