Funding to help Canadians develop work skills

Michelle Mak Community, Employment, Finance, Newcomer Information

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau announced on November 13, the details of an investment of $1.5 billion in the Workforce Development Agreements (WDAs) with provinces and territories.

This investment will help Canadians in underrepresented groups and in sectors that have been hardest hit by the pandemic (such as construction, transportation, and hospitality) quickly access supports to re-enter the workforce. This will include providing skills training, on-the-job training, employer-sponsored training, financial assistance and benefits, employment counselling and services, and job opportunities.

The following is the breakdown of how the funding will be distributed within the provinces/territories:

  • Ontario: $614 million
  • Quebec: $303 million
  • British Columbia: $212 million
  • Alberta: $185 million
  • Manitoba: $47 million
  • Saskatchewan: $42 million
  • Nova Scotia: $37 million
  • New Brunswick: $22 million
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: $19 million
  • Prince Edward Island: $6 million
  • Northwest Territories: $3 million
  • Nunavut: $3 million
  • Yukon: $3 million

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