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Sudbury school offering online cannabis training

Series of Collège Boréal programs to prep people for work in emerging industry
Collège Boréal is launching a series of online courses to educate and prepare people for work in the industry associated with the coming legalization of cannabis. (File photo)

Collège Boréal in Sudbury will be offering online cannabis training to prepare people to work in what the school says is an “emerging industry.”

In advance of the legalization of the sale and use of cannabis in Canada, the Sudbury-based school will offer three, eight-week-long courses, in both French and English, through its contract training service.

The course work will focus on the production, sale and marketing of cannabis, and the financing of a cannabis business.

“The cannabis industry, whether it’s production, sale or related fields such as investment or cannabis-based products, is emerging in Canada,” said Brian Vaillancourt, Boréal’s vice-president of business development, in an April 25 news release.

“People need information to help them understand this market so they can seize any investment and job opportunities and take part in this highly specialized and regulated market in a safe and informed manner. With this offer of online training courses in English and French, Collège Boréal is responding to an important need while providing maximum flexibility.”

Topics of study will include: 

  • the regulation of the production and sale of cannabis;
  • its commercial production, including health and safety and the specifics of its production in the North;
  • the medical uses of cannabis;
  • how to assess the needs of the market and showcase the products;
  • the business models of various related companies; and
  • how to prepare a business plan for a cannabis company. 

Boréal said the courses can be combined in various ways and taken in any order based on levels of need and interest.

The school said it also plans to add retail training courses in the future, as well as a longer program on cannabis production techniques.

The federal government is expected to legalize the sale and consumption of cannabis, for both recreational and medicinal purposes, later this year.