By Tyler Sutherland
Winnipeg-based Oxygen Technical Services Ltd. is the first recipient of the federal government’s Canada Job Grant.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in the city on Friday to make the announcement. He was joined at the Manitoba Institute for Trades and Technology alongside Premier Greg Selinger and MPs Jason Kenney and Shelly Glover.
The $37,000 grant allows Oxygen Technical Services to provide training to 15 current employees and hire an additional seven people.
“It is satisfying to see the Canada Job Grant in action for the first time here in Winnipeg,” Harper said. “Our government looks forward to many more beneficial announcements being rolled out under this ground-breaking initiative.”
The company provides information technology consulting services and service contracts to small and medium-size businesses allowing clients to access the latest computer and network designs, high-speed connectivity, website design and e-commerce solutions.
“We are thrilled to be the first company in Canada to receive a job grant,” said Brian Oleksiuk, the company’s president. “The training our staff will receive will provide them with valuable skills and will enable us to increase our service delivery capacity, expand to new markets and accelerate our plans for continued growth.
The Canada Job Grant covers $15,000 per person for training costs, such as tuition and training materials, which includes up to $10,000 in federal contributions.