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Launch of the Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) Workforce Development Initiative

OTTAWA - The Canadian Dairy Commission (CDC) supports the dairy industry in recruiting and training a highly skilled, diverse workforce to meet the current and future needs of our dairy producing and processing sectors.

Today, the CDC launched the Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) – a three-year, $5 million investment to support the attraction and education of a qualified workforce in the Canadian dairy industry. The WDI is composed of four key funding programs:

  • Scholarship Program: scholarships for graduate students in fields related to the dairy industry
  • Career Promotion Program: promotion of careers in the dairy industry
  • Education Program: creation of government-certified, full-time educational programs in order to train qualified staff to work in dairy plants
  • Continuing Education Program: opportunities for continuing education for current dairy plant and farm staff

Organizations eligible for funding include industry associations and learning institutions. The CDC will evaluate applications during the summer and funding will start in the fall.

Source : Government Dairy Commission