Home Health care provider Province Announces $5.2 Million for Training Programs to Address Health Care Staffing Shortages

Province Announces $5.2 Million for Training Programs to Address Health Care Staffing Shortages


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The Manitoba government is spending $5.2 million on two programs to help address staffing shortages in the health care system and increase Indigenous representation on the ground, two cabinet ministers announced Thursday.

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The two programs, the Skills Development Program and the Indigenous Adult Health Internship, will provide the training and resources needed to meet immediate and emerging workforce needs in the health care sector, said the Economic Development, Investment and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen.

The Skills Development Program provides career counseling and financial support to eligible individuals seeking post-secondary education through programs lasting up to two years. Funding is available for students pursuing studies to become a health care aide, health office clerk, medical office assistant, pharmacy technician, or practical nursing student.

The Indigenous Adult Health Internship Program is an initiative between Indigenous communities and Southern Health-Santé Sud, serving a population of over 216,000 residents. The program has been running since 2015 and has seen 100 students enrolled in the program, said Jane Curtis, CEO of Southern Health-Santé Sud.

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The program runs for 12 to 14 weeks each year from September to December and offers Aboriginal people the opportunity to participate in pre-employment training programs, job shadowing and paid internships.

“A quarter of these students were able to secure employment opportunities with Southern Health-Santé Sud,” Curtis said. “I am delighted to see increased support for students to participate in this program, as it has resulted in many successes and contributes to efforts to strengthen the health workforce. »

Design study announced for Beauséjour Road

Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk announced Thursday that the province will commission a functional design study for Provincial Highway 215 (Park Avenue) in Beausejour.

Some of the improvements include pavement surface and curb works, improved turning movements and improvements at the intersections of Provincial Trunk Road 44, PR 215 and PR 302.

“This project spanned over 15 years and began with previous councils,” Beauséjour Mayor Ray Schirle said in a press release. “The Town of Beauséjour is delighted that the Government of Manitoba is bringing this project to fruition.

Construction is expected to begin in 2025-26, but interim surface preservation treatment is planned on Beauséjour’s main tracks to improve existing conditions.