The governments of Canada and Manitoba are providing $10 million through the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant to help businesses meet their training and workforce development needs for new and existing employees, federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough and Manitoba Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Jeff Wharton announced today.
“Our government is helping to strengthen Manitoba’s workforce and provide workers with valuable skills to meet the demands of the labour market,” said Qualtrough. “Intergovernmental collaboration is essential to making programs like the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant possible. With this support, we are building a stronger workforce and are helping Manitobans access good jobs.”
The job grant provides cost-shared funding support for employers to purchase third-party-delivered training for new and existing employees. Employers are eligible to receive a maximum of $10,000 per employee and $100,000 per training project. Small employers with fewer than 100 employees can apply for up to 75 per cent of eligible training costs, while larger employers can apply for up to 50 per cent of training costs.
“Our government is pleased to provide the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant so we can support Manitoba businesses in investing in their employees,” said Wharton. “Some small employers do not have the internal capacity to train staff, particularly new hires. Having employees trained and ready to work is critically important to a small business’s operations and bottom line, and to Manitoba’s economic development as a whole.”
The job grant is a key initiative that supports Manitoba employers dealing with labour shortages throughout the economy, Wharton noted.
The first program intake for 2023 begins on April 24, while the second program intake will take place in August.
Under the 2022-23 job grant, 532 companies and organizations received funding, 88 per cent of which were small employers. In total, 7,841 employees received training in 19 different economic sectors in all regions of Manitoba.
For more information on the Canada-Manitoba Job Grant, including eligibility and how to apply, visit https://www.gov.mb.ca/jec/busdev/financial/cmjg/index.html.
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