Additional Federal funding announced for Alberta job training


The Canadian Federal government has announced that it has committed an additional $500 million towards job training in Alberta. The increase will bring the total funding to over $1.7 billion over the next six years. None of the funding will be used to assist the province’s minimum wage.

At a June 26 a press announcement Employment Minister Patty Hajdu said the additional funding will help about 124,000 more Alberta workers receive jobs and skills training, including apprenticeship and self-employment training, as well as academic upgrading.

Alberta will receive about $490 million through the new Workforce Development Agreement and the Labour Market Development Agreement during the first two years.

Underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities, women and Indigenous people will, in particular, benefit from the announcement because programs like the Aboriginal Training to Employment, Persons with Development Disabilities Employment preparation and Placement Supports, and Women Building Futures will receive additional funding according to Hajdu.

The federal government will monitor whether the additional funding is increasing Albertan’s earnings, helping employee get lasting jobs and breaking down barriers for under-represented groups, and provide the information to the public.

                                                                                              – with files 

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018