Alberta outlines education funding to train 3,400 more health-care workers

EDMONTON — Alberta has promised $200 million in funding for post-secondary health-care programs as a part of its latest budget.

Health Minister Jason Copping says the funding, announced in last month's budget, would help train an additional 3,400 health-care professionals.

He says $113 million of the money would be spent over three years to fund at least 100 medical residency positions.

The minister says it is a part of a long-term plan, while leveraging a qualified immigrant workforce in the short run.

Copping says the funding would help expand training for doctors in regional centres and rural communities.

It would also support 30 international medical graduates to secure residency positions in Alberta for further training.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 13, 2023.

The Canadian Press