Federal-N.S. deal on funding levels for workplace training, job help completed

The federal government is investing $700 million over six years in employment and skills training programs in Nova Scotia.

Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board of Canada, announced Friday the funding will be available for programs that include literacy and high school completion programs for adults.

Funding recipients include the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning, which provides programs ranging from basic literacy to high school completion.

Assistance will also go to One Journey Work and Learn Initiative, which provides skills to people on welfare, and to the Labour Market Integration Program, which helps immigrants participate in the workforce.

There is also money available to encourage employers to hire Nova Scotians for their first job, and for 18 agencies to provide advice and assistance to citizens seeking work.

The workforce development agreement and the labour market development agreement provide Nova Scotia with $235 million annually for the first two years.