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Alberta gets $500M in additional funding for job training

The federal government announces $500 million in additional funding for job training in Alberta, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.
The federal government announces $500 million in additional funding for job training in Alberta, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Dave Carels, Global News

The federal government has committed an additional $500 million over six years towards job training in Alberta.

Federal Employment Minister Patty Hajdu said the increase – now totalling $1.7 billion over six years – will help about 124,000 more Alberta workers receive jobs and skills training, including apprecenticeship training, self-employment training and academic upgrading.

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The government said underrepresented groups such as people with disabilities, women and Indigenous people will particularly benefit from the announcement because programs like the Aboriginal Training to Employment, Persons with Development Disabilities Employment preparation and Placement Supports, and Women Building Futures will receive additional funding.

During the first two years, Alberta will receive about $490 million through the new Workforce Development Agreement and the Labour Market Development Agreement.

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The federal government said it will monitor whether the additional funding is increasing Albertan’s earnings, helping them get lasting jobs and breaking down barriers for under-represented groups, and provide the information to the public.