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Canada-B.C. partnership to train British Columbians for jobs in rural communities

The federal and British Columbia governments have provided more than $2 million to various post-secondary institutions and service providers in the province to deliver a wide range of skills training projects to up to 299 British Columbians from rural communities with a population of 25,000 people or less.

These training projects are part of the 2016-17 Employer-Sponsored Training stream under the Canada-B.C. Job Fund. In total, the governments have provided more than $12 million for 49 training projects in 2016-17 to train approximately 2,000 British Columbians through the Canada-B.C. Job Fund Agreement.

For more information about the programs below, please contact the service providers directly.

Cariboo region:

  • Quesnel Employment Services: First Nations youth training program
  • Northern Shuswap Tribal Council: Project-based financial training program in Williams Lake
  • Thompson Rivers University: School bus training program in Williams Lake

Kootenay region:

  • Selkirk College: Professional driver training Class 2/3 in Nakusp, Kaslo, Grand Forks and Slocan

Lower Mainland/Southwest

  • Stillwater Consulting Ltd.: Silviculture and wildland firefighting essentials in Pemberton, Mount Currie and surrounding areas

North Coast and Nechako region:

  • Northwest Community College: Special education assistant program in Houston

Northeast region:

  • Thompson Rivers University: Construction craft worker program in Saulteau First Nations
  • University of Northern British Columbia: Wildlife monitoring certificate in Fort St. John (students recruited from Blueberry River First Nations, Halfway River First Nation, and West Moberly First Nations)

Vancouver Island/Coast region:

  • North Island College: Coastal forest resource certificate with wildfire crew training in Port Alberni and Port Hardy
  • North Island College: Underground mining certificate with CyberMINE Simulator Training in Lillooet

Kootenay and Thompson-Okanagan region:

  • College of the Rockies: Mountain hospitality program in Fernie, Creston, Cranbrook, Invermere and Golden