Job strategy a key budget focus: Jim Flaherty

Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivers a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa...

Canada's Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivers a speech to the Economic Club of Canada in Ottawa February 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

David Akin, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 4:28 PM ET

A key focus of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's next budget will be jobs, particularly for aboriginals, young people and other groups having trouble finding work.

In a speech here Wednesday, Flaherty said that while many Canadians can't find work, many employers can't find skilled employees to fill vacancies.

"We need to connect Canadians with available jobs through skills training and education. We need to encourage economic immigrants to Canada and we need to encourage increased participation in the workforce by some parts of our workforce that are under-represented including aboriginal youth, persons with a various abilities and disabilities and of course, seniors - because many seniors want to continue working in the workforce," Flaherty said.

Flaherty's lunchtime speech came seven years to the day after he was sworn in as Prime Minister Stephen Harper's first and only finance minister.


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