FREDERICTON (GNB) – LearnSphere Canada Inc. officially launched LearnSphere Online, an e-learning platform aimed at improving the competitiveness and overall business performance of small- and medium-sized enterprises through a combined provincial and federal investment of $1 million.

"Investing in innovative training for small- and medium-sized businesses is an important part of our government's plan to create jobs and rebuild the economy," said Premier David Alward. "By providing access to affordable and convenient online training that improves productivity, LearnSphere Online helps our local businesses grow and create employment in our communities."

LearnSphere Online, powered by CoursePark, will help respond to some of New Brunswick's human resources and workforce development challenges by providing small- and medium-sized enterprises and non-profit organizations equal access to convenient, user-friendly and affordable online training.

"Our government is proud to support projects such as these, which expand economic opportunities for Atlantic Canadians," said Fredericton MP Keith Ashfield. "A commitment to continual business training and learning is a characteristic of successful small- and medium-sized enterprises. Initiatives such as LearnSphere Online enhance the competitiveness and growth of our businesses, all of which contribute to the long-term economic stability of our region's economy."

Ashfield was appearing on behalf of Rob Moore, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA).

"LearnSphere has been at the forefront of instructor-led training for more than 15 years, and now we are evolving to a blended-learning solution through LearnSphere Online," said Annette Comeau, president and chief executive officer of LearnSphere Canada Inc. "Our intent is to extend our reach and make continuous training and learning accessible and affordable for everyone, thereby increasing competitiveness and productivity in the region."

CoursePark is a cloud-based learning management system developed by Bluedrop Performance Learning (TSX-V:BPL) in response to an overwhelming need to simplify learning for employees and improve overall performance of small- and medium-sized enterprises. LearnSphere Canada Inc. selected Bluedrop's CoursePark as its learning platform because of its ease of use and unique functionalities.

The provincial government is investing $500,000, while the federal government, through ACOA’s Business Development Program (BDP), is also investing $500,000.