Courtenay-Comox MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard says a new provincial initiative will get people in her riding back to work.

Leonard says people whose jobs were impacted by COVID-19, and those in vulnerable or underrepresented groups, will be able to access new training and job opportunities as B.C. looks to recover from the pandemic.  

“For people who face challenges finding employment, a job can mean stability, safety and the opportunity for personal growth,” Leonard said. “We’re investing in people, allowing them the chance to reinvest back in themselves, their families, and their community, and build the strong foundation for our economic recovery.” 

Many programs are already underway and additional training opportunities will start in the next few months. 

Programs being offered in the Comox Valley include:  

  • The Vancouver Island Vocational and Rehab Services, offering a pre-employment program to 35 persons with disabilities. This program is supported by an investment of $209,395
  • North Island College will offer Multi-Industry Trades Exploration and Employment and Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician Foundation Program to 32 people, supported by investments of $179,320 and $165,720, respectively  

Leonard says $95 million has been allocated to organizations around the province that provide skills training and employment services to over 9,000 people. 

This investment includes both provincial and federal funding through the Canada-B.C. Workforce Development Agreement.  

If you are an employer seeking funding to train new or existing staff, see B.C. Employer Training Grant

If you are unemployed and looking for a program that can help you get back on your feet and into the labour market, see the STE Economic Recovery Programs