Quebec will offer $ 500 a week to unemployed people who agree to re-qualify, in addition to paying for the cost of studies and other related costs.
The Legault government thus hopes to requalify up to 20,000 workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic, out of some 107,000 jobs that have been lost in the past year.
These unemployed people will be able to enroll in short training programs, such as a certificate of vocational studies (300 to 500 hours), a certificate of college studies (600 to 800 hours) or a university microprogram.
The allowance of $ 500 per week will be paid “for the duration of the training,” Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, assured in a press briefing Thursday. Quebec will begin paying these amounts once the person has exhausted their other employment insurance or federal emergency assistance (PCRE) benefits.
Quebec will also assume tuition, daycare and travel costs, Minister Boulet said.
To access the program, workers will need to meet with an employment assistance agent to establish an individualized path by March 31, 2021
The cost of the program is estimated at $ 114.6 million.
More details will follow …