MNBC ANNOUNCES $3,880,000 IN NEW FUNDING FOR SKILLS TRAINING, EMPLOYMENT, AND POST-SECONDARY AND RAISING LIFETIME SUPPORT CAP

Fort St. John, B.C. (August 23, 2021) – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is proud to announce $3,880,000 in new funding for Skills Training, Employment, and Post-Secondary (STEPS). In addition to the funding, MNBC’s Cabinet has voted to increase the lifetime funding support cap for STEPS programs and services from $25,000 to $50,000. The increase in supports available to Métis students is to address the rising costs of skills training and tuition at post-secondary institutions. The Ministries of Employment and Skills Training and Post-Secondary Education are excited to invest in their citizen’s career development and scholastic endeavours which will improve their employment potential and earning capacity.

Of the funding, $1,040,000, will provide additional support to students, including community-based programming and for the MNBC training institute. $2,000,000 of the funding will go directly to MNBC Chartered Communities to provide support for STEPS programming and support. More details of the funding allocation will be available in the coming weeks.

MNBC is also investing $425,000 in special programming and support focused on Métis businesses and employers, Métis women, youth, and persons with disabilities

The funding was provided by the Government of Canada to provide support to Métis students to address increased costs and financial uncertainty resulting from the pandemic. This additional funding will support Métis scholar, enable MNBC to focus more on community-based programming in our Métis Chartered Communities, and support the development of the MNBC training institute.

Métis in B.C. will now have more funding options for a better future. The funds will be allocated to three key programs: Skills Training, Employment, and Post-Secondary (STEPS). Through the STEPS programs, individuals will be able to upgrade their skills and further their education for a career of their choice while getting the support they need.

“We know the cost of living has increased year-over-year and it impacts our youth,” says Dean Gladue, MNBC Minister of Employment Skills Training. “Our Cabinet recognizes these challenges, which is why we are providing greater flexibility and opportunities for Métis students to achieve their educational dreams and goals.

“The pandemic has a severe impact on our Métis youth, students, and Chartered Communities,” says Susie Hooper, MNBC Minister of Post-Secondary Education. “Providing more supports directly to our communities and students is vital to ensure our Nation has a successful recovery from the pandemic.”

If you are interested in learning more about or applying to any of our STEPS programs, fill out our online form or please contact skillstraining@mnbc.ca with any further questions.