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Money for job training

The Splatsin First Nation in the North Okanagan is the latest group to benefit from the Conservative gravy train that has been rolling through the Valley recently.

The latest funding announcement by Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes, who will not be running in the fall election, has the Splatsin First Nation receiving a Canada Job Grant to train 37 employees in business management and leadership.

“Training for jobs is critical to the health and well-being of our families and children of Splatsin,” Chief Wayne Christian said.

More than 7,300 workers in British Columbia are receiving training through the Canada Job Grant, and more than 1,400 employers have been approved for funding.

The Canada Job Grant is an employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. It is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. By requiring employers to invest in training costs, the grants result in training that leads to guaranteed employment.

Up to two-thirds of the grant is contributed by the government to a maximum of $10,000, with the remaining portion contributed by the employer. The grant covers tuition/training fees, mandatory student fees, textbooks, software and other required training materials, as well as examination fees.

Earlier this week, Mayes announced the Cedar Heights Community Association is getting $10,000 through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program to replace exterior signage.

The Cherryville Community Club will receive just over $3,000 to replace the playground at Hansen Park, and the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Club will receive $2,000 to improve avalanche condition signage near Sicamous.

The Tories also gave $25,000 to the Salmon Arm Curling Club for water system work, while the Vernon Curling Club was handed $23,000 to replace its roof.

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