06/30/2014 11:33 EDT | Updated 08/30/2014 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia signs training deal with Ottawa worth $13.4 million a year

STELLARTON, N.S. - Nova Scotia has signed a new skills and training agreement with the federal government that will see it receive $13.4 million a year for six years.

Kelly Regan, the province's labour and advanced education minister, says the funding will help unemployed people and workers with low skill levels to continue to benefit from training programs and employment services.

The government says the agreement also encourages companies to invest in skills development at an affordable cost.

Different programs are funded under the agreement, including one that helps people with disabilities find jobs.

Another is aimed at giving unemployed older workers in rural communities the training they need to get back into the workforce.