Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

August 20, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Partners to Provide Employment for Aboriginal People in British Columbia

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, the Honourable Jay Hill, Member of Parliament for Prince George–Peace River, today announced $9 million in funding for the Pacific Trail Pipeline Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Project.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is making a difference by ensuring that Aboriginal people have the training and skills development they need to fully share in current and future economic opportunities," said Mr. Hill. "This project will help accomplish this by providing training for up to 600 Aboriginal people, leading to hundreds of well-paying, long-term jobs in the natural gas sector."

The project will help prepare Aboriginal people in British Columbia for employment opportunities through the construction and operation of the Pacific Trail natural gas pipeline. It is anticipated that the project participants will find long-term jobs arising through the construction and operation of the pipeline and the Kitimat Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal, as well as other related economic opportunities.

"The challenge for First Nations surrounding employment creation in the past has been that the training received doesn't always fit the labour demand," said Mr. Ernst Poschenrieder, Vice-President, Pacific Trail Pipeline Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Training Society. "With the Pacific Trail Pipeline construction, we can target specific training to specific jobs and thereby focus our efforts very sharply. With that comes a bigger bang for the training buck."

"The construction of the Pacific Trail Pipeline will provide many benefits throughout north-central British Columbia," said Mr. Greg Weeres, Vice-President, Pacific Trail Pipelines Limited Partnership. "Pacific Trail Pipelines Limited Partnership is pleased to be working with the participating First Nations and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in creating the opportunity for participating First Nations people to develop new skills, not only to participate in the construction of the Pacific Trail Pipeline, but other potential job opportunities throughout the area as well."

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program promotes partnerships between the Government of Canada, other levels of government, local organizations and employers. It provides on-the-job training that leads to long-term jobs in high demand professions such as mining, hydro development, fisheries, tourism, construction and infrastructure. Canada's Economic Action Plan provided an additional $100 million in funding over three years for this program to create more and better opportunities for Aboriginal people. 

More information about Canada's Economic Action Plan can be found at www.actionplan.gc.ca.

This news release is available online at www.actionplan.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program is a nationally managed, opportunity-driven, project-based initiative that promotes increased participation of Aboriginal people in major economic developments through formalized partnerships between Aboriginal organizations and the private sector. The provinces and territories also contribute to the projects, and all partners must contribute at least 50 percent of the total cost of the project. The ASEP program supports multi-year training-to-employment strategies leading to long-term skilled jobs for Aboriginal people in existing and emerging industries.

ASEP was initially launched in 2003 as an $85-million, five-year program supporting nine projects that resulted in over 6,000 Aboriginal people receiving training, with more than 3,000 of them finding long-term sustainable jobs. In 2007, the ASEP program was extended to 2012, with an additional $105 million supporting 16 more projects. Canada's Economic Action Plan is investing an additional $100 million over three years to help Aboriginal people participate in the workforce and make the most of employment opportunities.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559