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Fort McMurray Businesses Using Job Grant Program to Train Employees

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Fort McMurray Businesses Using Job Grant Program to Train Employees

Rebecca Dion (Left), Minister Christina Gray (Centre), and Everett Dion (right) // Jaryn Vecchio - Harvard Broadcasting

The government of Alberta is encouraging businesses across the RMWB to sign up for the Canada-Alberta job grant.

On Tuesday, Minister of Labour Christina Gray was in Fort McMurray meeting with different businesses and discussing a new option brought forward this year.

The CAJG is a program which looks to help employers by covering two-thirds of costs for existing employees when it comes to training their employees. They’ve recently added onto the program, as the government will pay for the training if it’s for a new hire.

“In any type of environment, making sure you have training funds can help both the employees and the business, it helps that growth with your employees, helps the development of your workforce. In an economic downturn or challenges like Fort McMurray has been through, training costs are often some of the first to get cut.”

Businesses can save up to $10,000 for current employees and up to $15,000 for new workers.

Gray notes over 20 businesses across the community have taken advantage of the program. One such business is Aurora Training Corp., as they had two-thirds of their costs covered as they brought

One such business is Aurora Training Corp, as they had two-thirds of their costs covered as they brought a first-aid instructor trainer from out-of-town to train their six employees.

Co-founder and Instructor Rebecca Dion says the program helped them create qualified employees, a struggle they face for over a year.

“We wanted to have local employees as opposed to bringing in people from out of town so we ended up hiring people that met the qualities we were looking for and trained the qualifications.”

Dion adds the training consisted of the prerequisites needed to be first-aid instructors.

Businesses wanting more information can go to albertacanada.com.

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