The program is designed to fill a shortage of qualified communications and information technology professionals in the province.
"With PRATIC, our goal is clear," Minister Jean Boulet said in a statement. "We are putting in place incentives to increase the pool of skilled labor in this sector, which is a priority to support the recovery of our economy."
According to the program outline, students' training must "lead to obtaining an attestation of college studies or the possibility of taking tailor-made training related to a job or enrolling in a certificate program or a microprogram offered at a university."
Courses will be offered on a full-time basis and will last for "a minimum of 45 hours."
What’s the payment and who can enrol?
According to the ministry, "PRATIC participants could benefit from financial assistance of $650 per week for the duration of their training" and a scholarship of $1,950 "will also be awarded to them upon successful completion of their training."
The program is intended for unemployed people who haven't been studying full-time for the past 12 months.
If you think you qualify, you'll need to schedule an appointment with a Services Québec employment assistance agent to apply.
Registration for PRATIC will open on July 1, 2021.
Since July 1, it has been possible for people who have had to recover from unemployment due to the pandemic and for people who have not been studying full time in the last 12 months to register for one of the training programs of the Program for the requalification and the accompaniment in information technology and communications (PRATIC).
Whether it's a college or university program, a certificate, an attestation of college studies (AEC) or a diploma of specialized graduate studies (DESS), among others, there are 142 training programs waiting for future students.
In Montreal alone, nearly sixty college programs and 20 university programs are available, and a total of 15 in the Capitale-Nationale region.
There are, for example, ACSs in programming, multimedia production, mobile application development or graphic design, to name a few.
The complete list of training courses offered by region can be found on the government website.
Thanks to a budget of some $39.6 million, financial assistance of $650 per week will be offered to 2,500 Quebecers for the duration of their full-time training. A $1,950 bursary will be awarded to graduates.
Who is eligible to enroll in PRATIC?
Two criteria will determine if a person is eligible to register for PRATIC. You must be unemployed and not have been a full-time student in the 12 months prior to applying.
The government suggests that you contact the Services Québec office in your area and an agent will determine with the future student if PRATIC corresponds to his/her needs.
"Obviously it sucks because we've been away from our clients for so long [...]. It took a little too long since all other businesses like physical therapists were open — especially since we don't do [anything] hand-to-hand," he said.
Emile said his main concern with reopening is that the government will decide to shut down gyms again in the next few months.
"Every time we close and reopen there's a football team of clients that rush to the gym wanting personal training," he said, describing the state of flux as difficult for new businesses.
In addition to personal training, Emile said he hopes small group classes will be allowed in Montreal soon like they are in orange zones.
Centre U Fit's clients already use a platform to reserve spots in classes and book appointments so reopening while implementing public health rules, such as keeping a log and limiting the number of people at the gym, should be a smooth transition, according to Emile.
"We've been getting messages for the past couple of weeks since we started opening the stores and our clients are like, 'Do you know when they're gonna reopen the gyms? I've been inactive for so long,'" he said.
"My clients are going to be super excited. They're going to for sure rush to the gym. And we're gonna be as happy to see them."
Gyms are posting plans on social media
Gyms across the city are posting on social media or on their websites to acknowledge the reopening.
"Finally some good news! The gov authorities have authorized the reopening of training centers as of Friday, March 26th," wrote Gym St-Henri on Facebook.
"Econofitness Members, rest assured that we will be ready to welcome you from this date in a clean, pleasant and safe environment," Econofitness posted.
Econofitness also shared a blog post on "the three golden rules of going back to the gym for a quick, safe and fun individual workout."
It says all Nautilus Plus centres located in the red zone (it provides a full list) are set to reopen as of March 26.
What going back to the gym could be like
The government stated that training in red zones will be limited to individuals, pairs or members of the same household bubble.
Since gyms are already open in orange zones, it gives us a sense of what going back to the gym will look like.
Nautilus Plus has an FAQ section on its website with the COVID-19 measures in place, including wearing masks as you enter the gym, mandatory hand washing when you enter, mandatory use of a training towel, keeping a 2-metre distance and protective plexiglass at the reception.
What's really cool is that if you're eligible for one of these courses, you might be able to get financial assistance of $500 per week through the Programme d’aide à la relance par l’augmentation de la formation (PARAF).
Among the many courses on offer, several could help you improve your skills in industries that are undergoing a "digital shift" such as retail and marketing.
Other classes will cover topics in manufacturing or labour.
"At a time when many sectors of the economy are slowing down, this training will allow people who have temporarily lost their jobs to upgrade and update their skills to keep pace with the evolution of their profession," the RCM said in a statement.
"They will thus be able to develop in their sphere of activity or a related sphere."
Classes will comprise up to 18 participants and will be conducted either online, in-person, or a combination of both.
"It is essential for us to support the college network in its efforts to deploy a training offer in line with the short-term skills required in today's job market," said Minister of Higher Education Danielle McCann.
Information on classes and registration is available on the website Montez de Niveau.
The group was started back in June, following the racial injustice protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd. It is co-chaired by Nadine Girault, Minister of International Relations and Lionel Carmant, Minister for Health and Social Services.
Not only does the report acknowledge Floyd, but other victims of discrimination here in Quebec, like Joyce Echaquan.
Part 1: "Strong Measures For A Society Without Racism"
1. "Putting an end to cases of police discrimination"
- Action No. 1: "Make the ban on random police stops mandatory."
- Action No. 2: "Add social services workers to police services to create mixed patrol teams."
- Action No. 3: "Offer professional development on the issue of discrimination, racism and profiling for police services, correctional services, special constables and other law enforcement agencies."
2. "Combating racism in access to housing"
- Action No. 4: "Combat all discrimination in housing on the grounds of race, colour, ethnicity or national origin by:
reinforcing the processing of complaints related to racism and discrimination in housing;
raising the awareness of the public, especially tenants and prospective tenants, about the complaint process;
raising the awareness of landlords about issues related to racism and discrimination."
3. "Combating racism in access to employment"
- Action No. 5: "Mandate the Commission de la construction du Québec to promote construction trades among visible minorities and create a pool of candidates for recruitment purposes."
- Action No. 6: "Within the next five years, negotiate and conclude international agreements on the recognition of professional qualifications."
"Make the skills assessments carried out by professional orders faster and more flexible for immigrants covered by these mutual recognition arrangements."
"Offer individual support to candidates for a profession or regulated trade and ensure that the skills recognition process can begin from abroad."
- Action No. 7: "Within the next five years, increase the representation of visible minorities among public service employees to reflect their representation in Québec’s labour force."
- Action No. 8: "Ensure the presence of at least one visible minority member on the majority of boards of state-owned enterprises within the next five years."
4. "Informing Québecers about the reality of racism"
- Action No. 9: "Develop a national anti-racism awareness campaign to keep the public constantly informed about the various aspects of racism and discrimination."
- Action No. 10: "Include racism and discrimination issues throughout the school curriculum."
- Action No. 11: "Include the theme of racism in the mandatory courses for initial teacher training."
6. "A government that sets an example"
- Action No. 12: "Appoint a Minister responsible for the fight against racism."
- Action No. 13: "Introduce continual, mandatory training on the issue of racism for government employees."
Part 2: "Assertive Actions to Respond to the Realities of First Nations And Inuit People"
1. "Making all Québecers more familiar with the history, culture, heritage and current situation of Indigenous people"
- Action No. 14: "Include in the national anti-racism awareness campaign a specific component on the realities of Indigenous peoples, to continually inform the public about the racism and discrimination experienced by First Nations and Inuit people."
- Action No. 15: "Make the professional orders aware of the importance of training their members on Indigenous realities."
- Action No. 16: "Make the history and current realities of Indigenous people in Québec a mandatory part of initial teacher training programs."
- Action No. 17: "Change the academic curriculum at the primary and secondary levels to update concepts related to the history, cultures, heritage and current realities of Indigenous peoples in Québec and Canada and their impact on society."
- Action No. 18: "Introduce continual, mandatory training on Indigenous realities for government employees."
2. "Upholding the cultural safety of Indigenous people in public services"
- Action No. 19: "End the informal practice of prohibiting people from speaking Indigenous languages while receiving public services."
3. "Putting an end to cases of police discrimination"
- Action No. 20: "Make the ban on random police stops mandatory."
- Action No. 21: "Add Indigenous social services workers to some police services to create mixed patrol teams."
4. "Improving access to justice"
- Action No. 22: "Increase the resources of Indigenous community organizations that promote access to justice for First Nations and Inuit people."
- Action No. 23: "Improve the capacity of the justice system to address the heritage and life trajectory of Indigenous offenders by granting more resources for the use of the Gladue principle specific to First Nations and Inuit people."
- Action No. 24: "Improve the quality and availability of interpretation services in Indigenous languages for better access to justice."
5. "Improving housing conditions for Indigenous people"
- Action No. 25: "Increase resources allocated to off-reserve housing."