It will also provide $11.4 million over four years to support vocational training for Canadians with Autism Spectrum Disorder, in a joint initiative with the Sinneave Family Foundation and Autism Speaks Canada to help approximately 1,200 youth a year at vocational training centres across Canada.
Matching staff to skills
The government is hoping funding will help solve the skills gap and high unemployment rate with a range of other funding committed to job training including:
$100 million in interest-free loans for apprentice programs
$75 million over three years to expand the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers program, to help unemployed older Canadians in smaller communities find jobs.
$40 million for the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program for entrepreneurs creating new businesses.
$40 million over two years for up to 3,000 internship positions in “high-demand fields.”
Driving growth in key industries
The budget proposed to provide an additional $500 million over two years to the Automotive Innovation Fund to support new strategic research and development
projects. It also plans to move forward with planning and construction on a new Windsor-Detroit International Crossing.
These and other initiatives were aimed at boosting growth in some of Canada’s key industries, some of which have been slow or stagnant since the 2008 recession.
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