Ottawa to spend $1.5-billion to help Canadians in hard-hit sectors train for new jobs

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will inject $1.5-billion in job-training support to the provinces and territories to help Canadians in hard-hit industries.

Trudeau says the funding will help laid-off workers in sectors like construction, transportation and hospitality re-enter the workforce by bolstering access to skills training and employment services.

The money comes at a critical time, with a new survey from Statistics Canada finding nearly one-third of businesses do not know how long they can keep going under existing conditions brought by the second wave of COVID-19.