NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY – Giving every Canadian a real and fair chance at success means helping them get the skills and training they need to succeed in a changing economy. The skilled trades offer career oriented, well-paying, middle-class jobs. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting key groups, such as women, Indigenous people, newcomers and persons with disabilities, to work in the skilled trades, through funding for projects led by unions and other organizations.
That is why today, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, Ontario, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Government of Canada is providing funding in the amount of $128,975.00 to the Carpenters Union Local 2486 for its Northern Development and Union Pre-Training Program. This project is funded under the Investments in Training Equipment Stream of the Union Training and Innovation Program.
These programs help unions across Canada improve the quality of training through investments in up-to-date equipment and materials, and support innovation and enhanced partnerships to address long-standing challenges that limit apprenticeship outcomes in Canada. As a result of this investment, more apprentices will be able to develop their skills, complete their training and find good, well-paying jobs.
As part of this project, Carpenters Union Local 2486 will purchase modern, up-to-date training equipment to ensure apprentices have the skills required on all job sites. Training equipment include wacker excavator, robotic total stations, and pro-layout systems.
“Canada’s future success depends on building an economy that is as inclusive as it is innovative. That’s why our government is investing in this project that will help apprentices in Nickel Belt, Ontario, and especially those who face additional barriers to participate and succeed in the skilled trades, start exciting and well-paying careers in the trades.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
“The Union Training and Innovation Program will help new generations of workers benefit from the mentorship and training that unions and other training organizations are so well equipped to offer. Through this project in Nickel Belt, our government is building stronger communities and strengthening the middle class.”
– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“Apprentices at Carpenters’ Union Local 2486 will be better prepared to enter the labour market with the skills they’ve developed using the new equipment. Offering high-quality skills training and better support to our members as they complete their training is paramount and this investment from the federal government will allow us to continue doing so.”
-Tom Cardinal, Union Coordinator/Northern Ontario Area Manager, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 2486
The Union Training and Innovation Program provides $25 million annually to support union-based apprenticeship training, innovation and enhanced partnerships in the Red Seal trades.
To further support key groups facing barriers so they can succeed in the skilled trades, the Government of Canada launched the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women. This new grant provides $3,000 per year or level, up to a maximum amount of $6,000, to registered apprentices who have successfully completed their first or second year/level of an apprenticeship program in eligible Red Seal trades.
This, in combination with the existing Apprenticeship Completion Grant valued at $2,000, could result in combined grant support of up to $8,000 over the course of their training. Eligible apprentices can apply by visiting Canada.ca/apprenticeship-grants.
In addition to the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women, Budget 2018 announced two other initiatives to help apprentices succeed:
- the Skilled Trades Awareness and Readiness program with $46 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, with $10 million per year ongoing, to encourage groups facing barriers to explore careers in the trades, gain work experience, make informed career choices and develop the skills needed for the trades; and
- the Women in Construction Fund with $10 million over three years, starting in 2018–19, to support projects building on existing models that have proven to be effective in attracting women to the trades, such as mentoring, coaching and tailored supports.To further support the skilled trades, the Government proposed several new measures in Budget 2019:
- $40 million over four years in funding for Skills Canada, starting in 2020–21, and $10 million per year ongoing to encourage more young people to consider training and work in the skilled trades;
- $6 million over two years, starting in 2019–20, to create a national campaign to promote the skilled trades as a first-choice career for young people;a new Apprenticeship Strategy to ensure that existing supports and programs available to apprentices address the barriers faced by those who want to work in the skilled trades and support employers who face challenges in hiring and retaining apprentices;
- a lower interest rate on Canada Apprentice Loans starting in 2019–20 and making the first six months after a borrower completes their apprenticeship training interest-free; and
- the new Canada Training Benefit, which would give workers money to help pay for training, provide income support during training, and offer job protection so that workers can take the time they need to keep their skills relevant and in demand.
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Marc Serré, MP Nickel Belt