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Canadore College reacts to the federal budget announcement

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You can count Canadore College President George Burton as someone who is very pleased with the federal budget. Burton says it’s great to see the government investing in new funding for skills training, Indigenous education and social innovation. He says promises made to help potential student’s access quality post secondary education through expanded financial assistance must be kept. Burton says Canadore support introducing more work-integrated learning, and improving the employment outlook for youth to develop a more sustainable workforce. Canadore believes promises made to help potential learners access a quality post secondary education through expanded financial assistance, which opens doors to more people to be able to upgrade their skills while maintaining family commitments or returning to school after spending several years in the workforce must be fulfilled.

The investments being made into analyzing skills sought and required by Canadian employers and to introduce more work-integrated learning, improve the employment outlook for youth are also seen as integral steps to developing a more sustainable workforce and is supported by Canadore’s approach to applied learning. Also announced yesterday are expenditures in digital learning opportunities, and reforms to the labour market transfer agreements, which will provide diversified employment outcomes. Burton says they see a lot of opportunity to build on the work Canadore has put into servicing Indigenous students through traditional post secondary and community-based programming in this budget. He added increased funding into student support, improved access to pathways to post secondary credentials and a new targeted skills and employment training strategy are advantageous to our five-year strategy for Indigenous education.

Provisions within the budget to support social innovation and economic development are in alignment with Canadore’s Nipissing Poverty Reduction Program through Education initiative, its Innovation Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Production and The Village, a centre of applied learning that will redefine the training of our country’s health and wellness professionals to dramatically improve care from the earliest to the final stages of life. Burton finished by saying they are looking forward to taking part in the stakeholder consultations and policy development being held by government as they roll out the implementation of this year’s budget.

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