QUEBEC, CANADA -- The Canadian government is investing in multiple skills programs to help youths learn marketable trade skills, including cabinet making shop through a program with Quebec-based Integr'action jeunesse.

Canadian Government Invests in Trade Skills

Integr'action jeunesse will receive $143,859 in government funding to help 12 young people acquire “life skills, abilities, and aptitudes to help them participate in the labor market,” Canadian officials said. Integr'action jeunesse is a not-for-profit organization that helps youth integrate into society and join the work force.

Canadian officials said these investments will “foster the development of the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world.”

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the government is investing up to $40 million per year in the new Apprenticeship Completion Grant. It povides a $2,000 grant to those who complete apprenticeship training and become certified journeypersons in a designated Red Seal trade, officials said.  In July government officials gave the first Apprenticeship Completion Grant check in Alberta to Ward Webber, who started his own cabinetmaking and custom furniture business.

Additionally the Canadian government will fund three projects as part of the Youth Employment Strategy's Skills Link program. These projects will be carried out by the Centre de placement specialise du Portage, which will receive $137,929; the Societe de Saint-Vincent de Paul, which will receive $126,331; and the Vallee jeunesse, which will receive $114,951.

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