[HALIFAX, NS] — Federal funding is on the way for a pilot project that will provide information and communications technology to Nova Scotia’s construction industry to improve productivity.
“Our government’s priorities are jobs, growth and long-term prosperity,” said Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “The construction industry is a significant part of Nova Scotia’s economy. The new technology represented by this project has the potential to reduce costs, improve productivity and enhance communications. With a more competitive construction industry, Nova Scotia’s economy will benefit moving forward.”
The $97,586 investment from the Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, will help the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council (NSCSC) prepare the workforce for technological advances and provide a greater understanding of information technology. The project’s goal is to increase the capacity of the construction sector through skills development in the area of computer technologies. The NSCSC is a non-profit organization providing the construction industry with information on human resources and labour market data.
The Nova Scotia government will contribute $117,475 through the Department of Labour and Advanced Education’s Labour Market Partnership and $95,000 through its Strategic Training and Transition Fund.