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Federal government announces more than $3.7M for B.C. businesses

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Similarly, the Work Wellness Institute will receive $968,000 to deliver the Inclusive Workforce Development Program, which will provide businesses across B.C. with tools and best practices to create inclusive workplaces.

Minister Sajjan celebrates Economic Development Week and announces over $3.7 million for British Columbians (CNW Group/Pacific Economic Development Canada)

VANCOUVER — To mark Economic Development Week, Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $3.7 million in PacifiCan funding for four projects across British Columbia. This includes over $3.2 million for three projects funded through the Community Economic Development and Diversification program and $499,143 for one project through the Regional Innovation Ecosystems program.

Two of the projects announced will directly support opportunities across British Columbia. Clear Seas will receive over $1.7 million to support the Indigenous Marine Career Advancement Program, which provides training and job opportunities for Indigenous workers. The program aims to increase Indigenous participation in maritime-related industries through career advising, mentorship, job placement and hands-on experience. Similarly, the Work Wellness Institute will receive $968,000 to deliver the Inclusive Workforce Development Program, which will provide businesses across B.C. with tools and best practices to create inclusive workplaces.

The investments announced this Economic Development Week are expected to benefit more than 600 businesses and help create more than 1,200 jobs.

“During Economic Development Week, we are shining a spotlight on B.C.’s thriving businesses and vibrant communities. Today’s investments demonstrate the Government of Canada’s dedication to economic development across British Columbia. Investing in innovation, strong communities and our workforce is laying the groundwork for prosperity for British Columbians today and well into the future,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada.

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