St. Clair President Looking Forward To 'Innovation And Skills Plan' Details

The president of St. Clair College says a new 'innovation and skills plan' has sparked her interest and she's looking forward to more details being rolled out.

The plan was announced during the federal government's budget release yesterday and Patti France says it could mean good news for St. Clair.

While details remain vague, the feds say the plan will "foster high-tech growth in six sectors including advanced manufacturing, agri-food, clean technology, digital industries, health-bio sciences and clean resources." 

France says the budget hit on a couple of other key areas as well.

"Certainly not a lot of details, but I was very pleased to see that Ottawa is investing in skills training and preparing more people for the economy," says France. "Also really happy to see their commitment to address youth unemployment and Indigenous learners which have been a big priority for St. Clair as well."

France says a couple of other major pluses in the budget are additional funding to make student loans and grants more accessible for part-time and adult students as well as the introduction of 40,000 new subsidized daycare spaces across Canada by 2019.