The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, today announced a Government of Canada investment that will help people in New Brunswick develop the skills needed for an increasingly technological world.
“Our government’s top priority is job creation and economic growth, which means helping Canadians develop the skills they need for today’s work environment,” said Minister Valcourt. “Through this project, we are helping Canadians in Restigouche meet the demands of an evolving economy.”
Minister Valcourt in making the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, said that through the federal Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program, the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Restigouche will receive more than $1.6 million.
The CBDC Restigouche project will address the urgent need to develop workplace digital skills in small rural businesses. The organization will work directly with small and medium enterprises within rural regions to identify their distinct needs for digital skills. Through this project, the CBDC Restigouche will also be able to develop and pilot a training model that can be adapted for diverse environments. The impact of this project will extend through a network of 269 CBDC offices, representing 23 000 rural businesses and their workers across Canada.
Through this literacy and essential skills project and others like it, the Government of Canada is working in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, employers and community organizations to provide Canadians with the tools and supports they need to maximize opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities.