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Ontario invests in North Bay skills

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Ontario invests in North Bay skills

NORTH BAY, ONT.—The province is investing in two projects which will be run by local organizations in North Bay, Ont. as a way to help improve educational opportunities for Aboriginal women and Ontario Works clients.

Ontario is investing $201,750 over three years in Canadore College to help develop and evaluate a culturally-appropriate, hands-on training program for Aboriginal women.

The idea is to help them find sustainable employment in the skilled trades industry.

According to a release, students will receive training over 12 weeks using a curriculum developed in partnership with First Nations, local firms and service providers, with ongoing support for up to two years.

Over three years the province will give $750,000 to the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board to help implement and evaluate a post-secondary education program to help low-income clients who have a Grade 12 education or higher find meaningful employment and become financially independent.

The program will partner with Canadore College to help participants develop in-demand skills by offering mentorship, career counselling, and other specialized supports and services, the release reads. The money is being provided through the Local Poverty Reduction Fund.

Results gathered from these projects will be used to support poverty reduction programs across the province, the release adds.

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