The provincial government announced funding worth $1.87 million to help meet labour demand for the tech sector.
Employer demand in the Newfoundland and Labrador tech sector is expected to exceed 2,000 new tech jobs over the next three years.
The Tech Talent Strategy will help meet this demand by working with existing community supports and developing paths to retrain local workers and attract others from across Canada and around the world.
The provincial government announced $1.12 million over three years to support Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador’s (HNL) efforts to prepare the tourism and hospitality sector for a post-pandemic recovery.
HNL’s Rebuilding a Dynamic Tourism Workforce for Newfoundland and Labrador project will use this investment to provide resources, support, and learning opportunities for businesses in the tourism and hospitality sector.
The provincial government is investing up to $3 million through the Equine Hardship Program to help horse experience businesses cover animal maintenance costs incurred from COVID-19 disruptions.
The program will provide individual businesses offering horse-related experiences up to $2,500 per horse, upto a maximum of $20,000, to help cover the costs of feed, water, veterinary care and farrier services.
Enrollment and claim forms will be accepted until March 12, 2021, or while program funding remains available, whichever comes first.
The provincial government is extending the Manitoba Bridge Grant application deadline until January 31 and expanding eligibility to offer financial support and protection for more small businesses.
Eligibility has been expanded to include hotels, resorts, lodges and outfitters, travel agencies, janitorial services companies, and owner/operators of licensed passenger transportation businesses that have seen demand for their services impacted by the public health orders.
The provincial government is expanding the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant to allow new businesses to apply.
By expanding applications to businesses that started operating between March 1 and October 31, 2020, up 5,000 more Alberta businesses will be eligible for funding.
New Alberta businesses impacted by public health orders will need to demonstrate a 30 per cent reduction of revenue using figures from November or December 2020 compared with any prior month between March and October 2020.
The grant pays 15 percent of an affected business’ monthly revenue, up to a maximum of $15,000.
The provincial government is creating the new $500,000 Pivot for Individuals program through the BC Arts Council to help professional artists, cultural workers and arts administrators get support to help with challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those eligible can apply for up to $12,000 to learn new skills or adapt their practices. Artists are also able to apply for support for professional development, like mentorship or training.
Applications are open until February 16, 2021. The BC Arts Council will adjudicate and award the grants in early spring.