Despite significant public outcry, major funding cuts are officially coming to Assiniboine Community College’s English language classes.
The college recently finalized a three-year contract with the federal government, which has the budget for English Language Training dropping to $196,000 in 2017-18 from the current level of $730,000. It will be decreased to $185,000 in 2018-19 and $176,000 in 2019-20.
“There will be less access for newcomers to Canada to English language training, so that’s undoubtedly going to have an impact on the labour market,” said ACC president Mark Frison.
“Our hope is that as we roll out those programs for the coming year, as we track the wait lists and continue to share them with our funding partners, that it’ll influence how they see the demand for future years.”
Hundreds of local immigrants were holding out hope that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada would reverse the proposed cut to the program. In an effort to get their message across, an entire ACC ESL class came to The Brandon Sun at the beginning of March. They were eager to share their stories and express their concerns.
One of those students was Nataliya Kulyaba who came to Brandon from Ukraine in 2014. She is working toward her Canadian Language Benchmark Level 8 so she can apply for ACC’s Practical Nursing program. In Ukraine, she…
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