Deal reached on Canada Job Grant with all provs, territories, except Quebec

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Deal reached on Canada Job Grant with all provs, territories, except Quebec

OTTAWA - Employment Minister Jason Kenney says Ottawa has reached a deal on the Canada Job Grant with all the provinces and territories except Quebec.

The national job training program was the crown jewel of the 2013 federal budget, but had been bogged down by months of haggling.

Almost all the provinces and territories said earlier this week they supported Kenney's latest offer and the premiers reached an agreement in principle during a conference call on Thursday.

Concerns remain that the deal still represents a cut in funding to the provinces and territories.

Each one will still have to work out the details with the federal Conservatives, a source told The Canadian Press.

Quebec is balking at the idea of the federal government treading on what is seen as an area of provincial jurisdiction.

Organizations: Conservatives, Canadian Press

Geographic location: Quebec, OTTAWA

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