09/27/2016 12:04 EDT | Updated 09/27/2016 12:07 EDT

New Brunswick To Offer Free Second-Language Training To Unemployed Adults

FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick government will spend up to $1 million to provide free second-language training for unemployed adults.

Premier Brian Gallant says many people realize the economic benefits that bilingualism creates, but need help to become more fluent in their second language so they can compete for bilingual jobs.

Second-language training is offered at community colleges across the province.

Gallant says they will strive to add seats to match demand.

Second-language training will be provided at no cost to unemployed New Brunswickers beginning in January.

Employment insurance recipients will be eligible to continue receiving those benefits while taking second-language training.