On Friday, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced 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 those in sectors that have been hardest hit by the pandemic – such as construction, transportation, and hospitality – quickly access supports to re-enter the workforce. It could include skills training, on-the-job training, employer-sponsored training, financial assistance and benefits, employment counselling and services, and job opportunities.
This funding is in addition to the $3.4 billion provided to provinces and territories in 2020-21 under the WDAs and Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs).
The announcement is part of the government’s plan to make the largest investment in Canadian history in training for workers. This will help the government reach its goal of creating over one million jobs. Working with the provinces and territories, the government will support Canadian workers as they build new skills in growing sectors, help them receive education and accreditation, and connect them to employers and good jobs.
Nova Scotia will receive $37 million of the total $1.5 billion investment.