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Industry minister announces $250 million to upskill workers

By The Canadian Press on February 24, 2023.

Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. Champagne spoke in Toronto on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

TORONTO – Federal Industry Minister Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne says the government is launching a $250 million upskilling program targeting high-growth sectors.

He says the program will help 15,000 mid-career workers to transition into new positions in sectors including clean tech, cybersecurity and bio manufacturing.

The minister spoke at a Canadian Club event on Friday afternoon in Toronto.

The minister said Canada is facing generational opportunities that need to be seized.

He said Canada’s greatest asset is talent, and said that is what allows the country to attract large investments in key sectors.

Last week Ottawa unveiled the Canadian Innovation Corporation, which aims to support businesses in becoming more innovative and productive.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 24, 2023.

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