Canada steps up to meet skilled labour needs 

eAwazLocal News

Ottawa – A competitive workforce is key to ensuring Canada’s economic growth, but as global and domestic labour trends accelerate, gaps are appearing between the demands of industry and the skillset of available workers.

The Government of Canada is taking action to align the skills ecosystem with new industry demands. François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced a $250 million program will be launched to support short-cycle upskilling programs driven by industry needs in high-growth sectors.

This investment is expected to help more than 15,000 Canadian workers, including those from under-represented groups, transition into new jobs in high-growth sectors such as digital technology, cybersecurity, agriculture technology, advanced manufacturing, clean technology and biomanufacturing.

In partnership with Palette Skills Inc, this initiative will leverage a cross-Canada network to connect industry, employers, post-secondary institutions and private training providers to deliver upskilling programs. This short-cycle training will provide workers with the modern and adaptable skills that businesses need to succeed in a changing economy.

“Canada’s economic growth depends on a robust and adaptable workforce that can thrive in high-growth sectors. We want to make sure workers can gain the skills required to seize new opportunities, and we are putting employers at the forefront of the upskilling solution. This is a win-win situation benefiting both industry and Canadian workers.” – François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry