Government of Canada invests in training for workers in a net-zero economy

February 22, 2023          Hamilton, Ontario          Employment and Social Development Canada

Supporting our economy for future generations will mean supporting good, middle class jobs for workers. Canadians workers are already leading in spaces like clean tech, and the Government of Canada is focused on ensuring workers will continue to lead in this space for years and decades to come. This is good for workers, for our economy, and for our environment.

Today, the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, Filomena Tassi, announced on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, that the Government of Canada is investing $46.5 million in Canadian Colleges for a Resilient Recovery (C2R2). Led by the Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology, C2R2 is a coalition focused on developing demand-driven workforce training solutions for a net-zero emissions economy through the Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program.

C2R2 has launched Quick Train Canada, a project that provides Canadians with access to fully funded micro-credentials to help increase their skills and competencies. The training will address workforce development needs within the agriculture, clean tech, construction, natural resources and environment, and transportation sectors through 80 micro-credential courses.

This project aims to provide training for 10,000 Canadians. Of this target, 3,000 workers currently employed will receive upskilling in the latest technologies and 1,000 new entrants, with little or no previous sector training, will receive training. Additionally, it will reduce barriers for learners from under-represented groups.

First announced in Budget 2021, the Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program helps key sectors of the economy to implement solutions that address current and emerging workforce needs. It does so by funding organizations to deliver sectoral projects that focus on a range of industry-driven activities. These include training and reskilling workers, helping employers retain and attract a skilled and diverse workforce and other creative solutions to help sectors address labour market needs. It also supports equity-deserving groups by promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce and providing wraparound supports as needed to those facing barriers to participation.

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