Budget 2013 Builds Capacity in the Short Sea Shipping Industry

Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:03pm EDT

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OTTAWA,  March 21, 2013  /PRNewswire/ - The Canadian Shipowners Association
 congratulates Minister Flaherty on a budget that will ensure  Canada
 continues on a path of growth and prosperity into the future.

The budget's strong focus on skills and training for current and new
 Canadians as well as programs that will support the Canadian labour
 market has shown the government clearly understands the needs of
 businesses across the country. The creation of the Canada Job Grant and
 the "Expression of Interest" immigration management system and the
 dedication of  $19 million  for outreach support are important tools to
 help our industry grow its human capital.

"Like many industries in  Canada, the short sea shipping industry
 requires well-trained and experienced workers to keep its companies
 growing and supporting the economy," said  Robert Lewis-Manning,
 President of the CSA. "Budget 2013 is an important step towards
 ensuring that the targeted skills development our country requires is
 in place where and when it is needed."

The CSA was equally pleased to see the government renew its commitment
 to infrastructure. Our industry plays an important role in linking
 Canadian commodities to continental and global markets. With short sea
 shipping eligible for the  $21.8 billion  Community Improvement Fund, we
 applaud the government for recognizing the critical place that
 infrastructure holds in keeping  Canada  at the forefront as a trading

With a membership of small and medium sized companies that provide vital
 transportation services, the Canadian Shipowners Association employs
 Canadians on Canadian ships on Canadian waters.

About the Canadian Shipowners Association

The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) has been representing the
 interests of Canadian companies with domestically flagged vessels for
 over 110 years. The Association advocates in the development of marine
 policy, regulations and operational matters for ship owners operating
 vessels on the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Waterway, the Arctic and the
 eastern seaboard of  the United States  and  Canada.

SOURCE  Canadian Shipowners Association

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Debbie Murray

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