Colleges and Institutes Canada has announced a $37M agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada to expand its Career Launcher program, which provides employers of postsecondary students and recent graduates with wage subsidies for intern salaries. Eligible employers can now receive up to $5K per apprentice to hire up to two first-year apprentices as interns in one of 39 Red Seal Trades. They can also receive an additional $5K if apprentices are from equity-deserving groups. The expanded program aims to provide more than 6,000 apprentices with work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences over the next two years. “Expanding into designated Red Seal Trades will not only help more students find fulfilling careers but will also help address labor market shortages in the construction and manufacturing sectors, which are vital to Canada’s economic recovery,” said CICan President Denise Amyot. CICan Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.