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Two post-secondary institutions on Vancouver Island are receiving a combined total of $1,085,000 investment from the province to put towards health care education and training programs.

Camosun College has received $310,000 for activities related to starting up a health-care assistant program and an educational assistant program on the Westshore.

The lion’s share of the funding has been allocated to North Island College where $775,000 has been invested for programs that will train health-care assistants, licensed practical nurses, and community mental health workers.

This is part of an overall $4.4 million in funding for health profession-related education and training at post-secondary institutions across British Columbia.

“We are committed to training, recruiting and hiring a new generation of health-care professionals at all levels, including respiratory therapists and critical care nurses, who are vital members of the health-care team,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.

“Respiratory therapists and nurses working with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic have a high-risk role because of their hands-on work treating patients with breathing difficulties and I thank them for all they do.”

Programs being funded through this investment across the province include health-care assistants, anesthesia assistants, mental health and community support workers and programs for nurses.

Other institutions that received funding from the province include British Columbia Institute of Technology, Coast Mountain College, College of New Caledonia, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, and Vancouver Community College.