The federal government announced today $2.5 million in support to train miners in northern Saskatchewan. 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Air Ronge, Sask., today to announce $2.5 million in support to train miners in northern Saskatchewan. (Marc Apollonio/CBC)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Air Ronge, Sask., which is about 377 km north of Saskatoon, to make the announcement that the government says will help meet the skills shortage in northern Saskatchewan's mining industry.

The money will help support a mining skills training program at Air Ronge's Northlands College. The funding will help buy heavy equipment simulators and build a facility for the simulators.

The program will focus on recruiting northern residents and Aboriginal students from across the province. 

The support was provided through the Western Diversification Program over three years. 

Harper is scheduled to visit Saskatoon today, where he'll be speaking at a Conservative Party event.