The provincial government is pouring millions of dollars into training and job opportunities for people whose work was impacted by COVID-19.
Fourteen organizations with ties to Chilliwack are receiving funding, with specific focus on those serving vulnerable or underrepresented groups.
“I’m proud we’re supporting accessible training programs that prioritize groups like recent immigrants, people with disabilities, or survivors of domestic violence, who often face barriers to employment,” said Dan Coulter, MLA for Chilliwack. “These investments mean that more people will be equipped with the skills they need to pursue careers they love.”
A total of $95 million has been allocated to organizations around the province that provide skills training and employment services to over 9,000 people.
Funding recipients connected to Chilliwack include the following, sharing a total of $6,784,615:
- Archway Community Services - 48 participants in the Immigrant Job Shop
- Buxton Consulting Ltd. - 60 participants in Inclusive Valuable Employment Skills Training (InVEST)
- Mennonite Central Committee BC - 72 participants in Bridging the Gap Program
- Mission Community Skills Centre Society - 50 participants in Empowering Youth Entrepreneur Program
- Mission Community Skills Centre Society - 40 participants in Wild Craft Food Program
- Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society - 36 participants in Intercultural Ability to Disability Program
- Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society - 36 participants in SAFE Program
- Progressive Intercultural Community Services Society - 40 participants in PICS E-Agriculture Training Program
- Triangle Community Resources Inc. - 50 participants in Reaching Independence through Employment
- Triangle Community Resources Inc. - 50 participants in RITE Program
- Western Community College - 32 participants in Medical Office Assistant Program
- YMCA of Greater Vancouver - 55 participants in Early Childhood Education Assistant Training Program
- YMCA of Greater Vancouver - 45 participants in Youth Mean Business Program
- Young Women’s Christian Association - 62 participants in Axis Program
“During my time as a vocational counsellor, I became very familiar with the great work done at both Buxton Consulting and Triangle Community Services,” said Kelli Paddon, MLA for Chilliwack-Kent. “Our government knows that investing in programs coming out of great organizations like these is going to make such a difference in people’s lives across the Fraser Valley and the province.”
This investment includes both provincial and federal funding through the Canada-B.C. Workforce Development Agreement.
Many programs are already underway and additional training opportunities will start in the next few months.