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Canada: An academic training to learn how to grow weed

CEGEP OUTAOUAIS

As part of the legalization of cannabis in Canada, the Cégep de l'Outaouais has decided to offer training on cannabis cultivation.

The Cégep is a college training center offering general and professional education. The Cégep de l'Outaouais in Gatineau, Quebec offers courses in the fields of medicine, administration and civil engineering. He will now extend his teaching to the cultivation of cannabis.

The Cégep is mobilizing in order to be able to offer a diploma course on cannabis cultivation starting in the fall. This approach falls within the framework of the great movement of legalization in Canada, and in Quebec in particular.

Training on cannabis: responding to economic challenges

Jacqueline Lacasse, Director of Studies at Cégep Explain the reasons for this decision.

 It is an emerging need and we have the mission as an institution to participate in economic development. "

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Jacqueline Lacasse, Director of Studies at Cégep

For the Cégep, this is about responding to an emerging need. Ms. Lacasse specifies as follows: "We have the mission as an institution to participate in economic development".

This project is not set up alone, but is done in partnership with a local company. The Hydropothecary cannabis production company, also located in the city of Gatineau, is associated with the training.

To ensure the validity of his training, a file was submitted to the Ministry of Education. The objective is to implement the quality control and processing program for cannabis.

Subsequently, two types of diplomas will be issued. The first will be a collegiate technical certificate, offered at the end of the year, and in 2020, a collegial studies certificate.

A sector in demand for skilled labor

Hydropothecary estimates that it will more than double its number of employees in one year. It will increase from 120 people to 300 in 2018. In order to accommodate these new workers, it has undertaken expansion work. Thus, once its work is completed, the company will be able to exploit 14 hectares of cannabis plants.

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The company's goal is to produce 20 tonnes of cannabis that it must supply to the Société Québécoise du Cannabis. Thus, for the director of human resources, Andrée St-Cyr, the needs of a staff with technical knowledge specific to cannabis are felt:

“Our people come from traditional industries, like pharmaceuticals and agriculture. We have to adapt them to our processes. If we can have employees who are already trained, that would make things easier. "

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Andrée St-Cyr, Director of Hydropothecary

“Our people come from traditional industries, like pharmaceuticals and agriculture. We have to adapt them to our processes. If we can have employees who are already trained, that would make things easier. "

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