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Quebec government announces more than $3.5 million for maritime workforce training


LÉVIS, QC – Kateri Champagne Jourdain, Minister of Employment and Minister Responsible for the Côte-Nord Region, and Martine Biron, Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and Member of Parliament for Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, announced an investment of $3,514,870 for training in the marine sector.

This financial support will enable the Comité sectoriel de main-d’oeuvre de l’industrie maritime to conduct, in collaboration with the Institut maritime du Québec, Collège de Rimouski, a vast skills enhancement project. To that end, nearly 2,800 hours of training for workers in the Quebec marine industry will be updated to better meet the needs of the industry. The announcement was made on February 16 at the Centre de formation aux mesures d’urgence (CFMU), one of the training sites of the Institut maritime du Québec.

Recall that the employment prospects for most of the trades concerned are qualified as good to excellent and that it is expected by 2025 a growth of 2 to 3% per year for the marine sector. The activity generated by the marine sector contributes to economic development, and Quebec businesses in the marine and port sectors create more than 27,000 direct and indirect jobs at sea and on land.


The trades covered by the various up-to-date training courses are:

  • Deck Officers;
  • Marine engineering officers;
  • deckhands and engine-room crews;
  • Transportation Managers
  • tank tops.

The financial support comes from the Commission des partenaires du marché du travail’s (CPMT) Impulse-Compétences program, which aims to improve the productivity of businesses and the employability of the workforce.The European Commission has been working on this through the development of skills and requalification.

The CPMT is a national consultative body that brings together leaders representing businesses, the workforce, community organizations active in the field of employability, the educational community and ministries with an economic and social vocation. She participates in the development of government policies, strategic directions and actions in the areas of labour and employment.

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