KELLY LAKE — Local students are among the nearly 1,400 British Columbians across the province receiving the training they need for jobs in their communities, thanks to the federal and provincial partnership under the Canada Job Fund.

This includes more than $80,000 for Project-Based Training (PBT) programs offered through University of Northern British Columbia’s Environmental Monitoring Certificate in Kelly Lake Cree Nation.

The program, now complete, is part of a total investment of more than $10.4 million in 46 training programs benefitting British Columbians across the province thanks to the Canada–B.C. Job Fund Agreement under the Employer-Sponsored Training stream.

“Partnerships like these help grow and strengthen our region and help people access skills training opportunities,” Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier said.

These skills training programs support B.C.’s regional labour market demands and provide opportunities to youth, women, Indigenous people, immigrants and other eligible participants to receive training as well as industry recognized certificates or credentials.

Quick Facts:

  • In the next decade, B.C. will see nearly one million job openings due to retirements and economic growth.  Almost 8/10 of these openings will require post-secondary education or trades training.
  • The B.C. government invests more than $7.5 billion each year in education and training.
  • Over the next 10 years, the B.C. government will redirect $3 billion in training investments towards these in-demand jobs.

To learn more about the Canada Job Fund, visit: www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/training_agreements/cjf/index.shtml.