Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

April 20, 2010 12:00 ET

Canada Supports Youth Skills Development

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - April 20, 2010) -Nunavut students will benefit from an investment to Skills Canada Nunavut, a non-profit organization that works to promote careers in trades and technology. This investment is made possible by CanNor, through Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor).

CanNor will invest a total of $87,100 to Skills Canada Nunavut, a non-profit organization that works to promote careers in trades and technology, to support its Employability Skills Curriculum manual, which will enable youth across the North.

"Skills Canada Nunavut empowers youth to flourish in trade and technology careers such as carpentry, graphic design, cooking and more," said Minister Aglukkaq. "By investing in these young people this project will help increase Nunavut's skilled labour force and strengthen the territory's economy. Our government is pleased to support Skills Canada Nunavut as it works to ensure youth have the tools they need to succeed."

"CanNor's investment in Skills Canada Nunavut will directly benefit the future of Nunavut students. Providing skills and training to Nunavut's young people is fundamental for their future success, our Government is proud to support them," said Minister Strahl, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

"This project will see more resources developed that will prepare students not only for our skills competitions, but will give them essential skills that will help them to be successful in school and in their careers," said Michelle Jacquard, Executive Director of Skills Canada Nunavut.

"CanNor's funding will help us move our organization forward. We are setting out short- and long-term goals to define how we support teachers, students and employers as they promote skilled trade and technology careers in the territory. The promotion of these careers will ultimately lead to many economic development opportunities for the young people of Nunavut," said Ms. Jacquard.

Skills Canada Nunavut will complete its Employability Skills Curriculum Manual this spring. It will include lesson plans and resources for Nunavut teachers to prepare their students for success. 

This investment furthers Skills Canada Nunavut's five-year strategic plan. It also allows a presentation on employability skills to take place for the Qikiqtani Regional School conference. 

The investment is made possible through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, which focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity building in the three territories. 

SINED is one of several of economic development programs that within CanNor which is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development activities in the territories, and for related policy development, research and advocacy. 

Backgrounder - Canada Supports Skills Canada Nunavut

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Nunavut Regional Office
    Communications Advisor
    Skills Canada Nunavut
    Michelle Jacquard
    Executive Director