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Ottawa announces $1.5B in additional training funds through WDAs

DCN-JOC News Services
Ottawa announces $1.5B in additional training funds through WDAs
GOVERNMENT OF CANADA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cuts a block of snow in Yellowknife, N.W.T. The federal government recently announced $1.5 billion in funding to help hard hit regions of Canada train workers.

YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. — The federal government will pour $1.5 billion in funding to train workers through Workforce Development Agreements (WDAs) with provinces and territories.

The training funds are in addition to the $3.4 billion already being provided under the Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs) and WDAs in 2020–21.

The government intends to particularly focus on training workers in the Northwest Territories. In addition to training workers in the region, the funds will provide enhanced wage subsidies for employers, support projects led by organizations and provide supports for communities to assist them in hiring local residents to address pandemic-related needs. These initiatives will support a labour market recovery across the Northwest Territories.

Employers dealing with COVID-19 impacts will be the priority for the funding so they can hire, rehire, retrain or keep staff.

Funding will be made available through applications or proposals to external organizations for projects and initiatives aimed at supporting labour market recovery in the Northwest Territories.

These projects include:

  • capacity-building initiatives;
  • training program development;
  • employment creation projects; and
  • industry transition supports.

Communities will receive funds to hire locals in a range of roles that address pandemic-related needs and encourage labour market recovery.

“Working with the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Government of Canada is getting workers in the territory the training they need to get good jobs as our country cautiously recovers from the impacts of COVID-19,” said Carla Qualtrough, minister of employment, in a statement. “Now more than ever, we need to strengthen workers’ futures and help them succeed as our economy recovers and evolves.”

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