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New federal-provincial grant program opens doors for employers with training needs

November 21, 2014 - 3:20 PM

Area businesses should take note of the new Canada Job Grant program, if they have employees with training requirements or need to train prospective employees, suggests Dennis Silvestrone, Okanagan College’s Director of Continuing Studies and Corporate Development.

“Under the new program, employers can access a subsidy of up to two-thirds of the cost (to a maximum of $10,000 per employee) for training that will help them in their work,” notes Silvestrone. (The training can be extended to both current and future employees but has to be provided by a third-party trainer.)

The Canada Job Grant is part of the $65 million Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement provided by the Government of Canada. While the grant will help employers and employees get the skills they need for the jobs of today and tomorrow, the fund will also ensure training programs exist to give vulnerable workers the skills to enter or progress in the job market.

Silvestrone is hoping employers will consider Okanagan College as a source of that training and expertise as they contemplate applying for the program.

“We have a variety of training opportunities that employers can access as they consider their needs,” he says. “From trades to health care, from project management to leadership to occupation-specific programs there is a great deal that Okanagan College has to offer.”

The training identified as eligible for the Canada Job Grant program includes, but is not limited to:
Essential skills training
Technical training
Business training
Management and leadership training
Short-term certificate training

The training grant is available to private and not for profit sector employers. Participants need be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or designated as people entitled to work in Canada by Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

The training has to be completed within 52 weeks of receiving grant approval. The grant covers tuition fees or trainer-charged fees, mandatory student fees, fees for textbooks, software and other materials as well as examination fees.

Employers interested in the program can visit for further information.

To find out how Okanagan College can help and for more about its programs and opportunities to meet employer needs, contact:
Jennifer Gorman at 250 762-5445, ext. 4563,
Joanne Thomsen at 250-762-5445 ext. 2663

Employers can also visit or for more information.

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