The covid-19 pandemic has severely weakened Canada’s economy. The working middle-class in Canada has been facing various challenges due to the major lockdown and restrictions caused due to the virus.
Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has announced on November 13th that Canada will be investing a huge sum of $1.5 billion in the Workforce Development Agreements (WDAs) with provinces and territories. This major investment will help the middle-class Canadians to access training in various fields to develop new skills and find a job which will in turn strengthen Canada’s economy.
The investment in the Workforce Development Agreements (WDAs) will be helpful for Canadian workers who have been hit the hardest by the ongoing pandemic such as construction, transportation, and hospitality.
This new investment will ensure that the workers have skills training, on-the-job training, employer-sponsored training, financial assistance, and benefits, employment counseling and services, and job opportunities and will see Canada’s workforce get better and stronger.
As per the details of this investment, all provinces and territories have accepted the Government of Canada’s offer of additional funding through WDAs.
The investment will be allocated to provinces and territories as follow:
- Ontario: $614 million
- Quebec: $303 million
- British Columbia: $212 million
- Alberta: $185 million
- Manitoba: $47 million
- Saskatchewan: $42 million
- Nova Scotia: $37 million
- New Brunswick: $22 million
- Newfoundland and Labrador: $19 million
- Prince Edward Island: $6 million
- Northwest Territories: $3 million
- Nunavut: $3 million
- Yukon: $3 million
“Millions of Canadians have now returned to work after losing their jobs at the start of the pandemic, but there is still much more we can do. By investing in skills training and employment supports, we are investing in our biggest asset – our people. We will keep working with all provinces and territories to get the economy back up and running and Canadians back to work.”The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
“Working with our provincial and territorial counterparts, the Government of Canada is getting Canadian workers the training and supports they need to get good jobs as our country cautiously recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. Now more than ever, we need to strengthen workers’ futures and help them succeed as our economy recovers and evolves.”The Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
“Our government is focused on working closely with territories and provinces and we share the same goal of ensuring Canadians have opportunities for employment. This investment will give provinces and territories the flexibility they need to deliver the right tools for their residents, so they can find good jobs and help safely restart the economy.”The Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs