Canada's federal government is spending Can$840,000 (£363,500) over three years to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) with HR issues.
The project, which is being carried out in conjunction with the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario, includes online instruction programmes designed specifically for non-HR professionals.
Through the programme, business owners and managers will learn the skills necessary to attract and retain a skilled workforce, and to concentrate on the bottom line.
Topics include employment legislation, developing job descriptions, interview skills, recruitment sources, diversity, training and development, structuring compensation and benefits, health and safety, and labour relations.
The programme underlines the value of HR skills to organisational success. A secondary goal is for participants to increase their understanding of the importance of good HR practices, including work-life balance, while enhancing their knowledge of the employer's responsibilities to employees.
The scheme is Canada's first national, bilingual, e-learning HR initiative.