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B.C. invests $44.5 million to reduce skills training barriers

B.C. invests $44.5 million to reduce skills training barriers

VICTORIA — The Government of British Columbia is trying to break down the barriers that prevent people from getting the skills they need for employment.

B.C. is investing $44.5 million over three years to expand skills training for employment programs as part of the StrongerBC Future Ready Plan, according to a news release.

The extra funds could mean as many as 7,500 people now have skills supports throughout the province.

In order to be eligible, British Columbians need to be facing two or more barriers to employment, the release states.

Barriers include housing instability, addiction recovery, mental health challenges, lack of social networks or connections, lack of recent Canadian work experience, literacy, limited English skills and low income, according to the release.

Jennifer Whiteside, minister of mental health and addictions, said the province is committed to breaking down barriers for those in need.

“Expanding skills training for employment programs for individuals facing multiple barriers helps break the cycle of poverty, address affordability and maximize support for vulnerable British Columbians who have historically been left behind,” Whiteside said in the release.

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