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Work-Integrated Learning Gives Students Hands-On Experience and Skills for the Middle-Class Jobs of Today and Tomorrow

By December 6, 2017No Comments

Canada’s talented and skilled workforce is a competitive advantage for our country that attracts investment, drives innovation, and strengthens the economy.

That’s why our government is investing in Canadians—to make sure our students and recent graduates have the skills they need for the middle-class jobs of today and tomorrow.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa–Vanier, today announced the creation of 10,000 paid internships to help Canadian students better prepare for the modern-day workforce.

Fulfilling a budget commitment, the government is investing $221 million in Mitacs, which will help it meet its goal of creating 10,000 paid internships per year by 2020–21, providing our students with career-building opportunities while also helping our companies innovate and compete globally.

The program is based on proven outcomes—such as creating jobs and developing skills—and has become a key factor in building our country’s capacity for innovation and in driving our long-term prosperity.