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New provincial program aims to get unemployed Albertans back to work

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CALGARY, AB – The province is hoping to create thousands of jobs with a new Alberta-wide training program.

It’s called Alberta Jobs Now and will provide $370 million to help both private and non-profit businesses support jobs for people who are either unemployed or underemployed.

Labour Minister, Jason Copping says this program is available for all types of businesses, in all sectors across the province.

“If your business falls within these wide parameters, you can apply online to receive a grant that you can use to train new employees or subsides their wages,” Copping said on Wednesday. “The grant will cover 25% of an employee’s salary for a 52 week period up to a maximum of $25,000 per employee. It can be used for salary or training costs or both.”

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To be eligible for this new program, businesses must use the cash to hire unemployed Albertans in a new or vacant position.

Employers will be able to apply at alberta.ca/jobsnow as of 9:00 am on May 20th. They can apply for funding for up to 20 new employees. Employers have until Aug. 31 to apply. A second intake will open on Sept. 15 and close on Dec. 31.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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