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Trudeau promises $750M funding for skilled trades


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September 15, 2015 by STAFF REPORT

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a recent campaign stop at a carpenters' union training center in British Columbia
Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau during a recent campaign stop at a carpenters' union training center in British Columbia

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has promised a $750 million annual increase in funding for skilled trades training programs delivered in partnership with the provinces and territories, according to a release issued following a campaign stop in south western Ontario this morning.

The proposal includes:

      • A $500 million annual increase in funding to the Labour Market Development Agreements with provinces.
      • A $200 million annual increase in funding to be delivered by the provinces and territories and focused on training for workers who are not currently eligible for federal training investment. Funding will help Canadians outside the labour market get the basic literacy and numeracy skills they need to find a decent job.
      • Renew and expand funding by $50 million to the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS).

“A Liberal government will make it easier for adults to get the additional skills they need to acquire and retain good jobs throughout their working lives,” Trudeau said.

“In today’s changing economy, it is critical that Canadians have the opportunity to improve their skills and work credentials,” Trudeau said. “The federal government has an important role to play, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, to invest in job training across the country.”


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