Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

October 08, 2009 12:44 ET

The Government of Canada Partners With the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment Training Association to Support Aboriginal Participation in the Construction Industry

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2009) - Today, the Honourable Jay Hill, Leader of the Government of Canada in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for Prince George–Peace River, announced Government of Canada funding for the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment Training Association. This initiative received funding to help Aboriginal people enter the construction industry under the regional component of the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund.

"Aboriginal people are an important part of the Government of Canada's strategy to help foster the best educated, the most skilled, and the most flexible workforce in the world," said Mr. Hill. "With this project, we will help nearly 100 Aboriginal people gain the skills they need for the labour market today and the jobs of the future."

Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $75 million for the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund over two years, which will help create opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development during these tough economic times. This project will receive $367,000 and is one of 70 short-term projects that will provide training opportunities for 5800 Aboriginal individuals and create 2100 jobs. Through the Fund, the Government of Canada will help Aboriginal people get the specific skills they need to benefit from economic opportunities in a variety of sectors, such as health, aviation, trucking, construction and forestry, among others.

This project will address the employment needs of the Prince George construction industry. By providing skills training and building local expertise, the Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment Training Association will develop individualized approaches to increase Aboriginal participation in the labour market.

Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund projects support initiatives in various industries that test innovative ideas and approaches to delivering Aboriginal labour market programs. They may also provide training to overcome barriers to employment, such as low literacy.

All projects will deliver measurable results within the two‑year timeframe and will be completed by March 31, 2011.

More information is available on the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Web site at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml.

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

Backgrounder

Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund

Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund projects were selected using an application process. These projects will identify and implement distinct, short-term, focused initiatives designed to help Aboriginal people get the skills they require to benefit from economic opportunities.

The Fund has a regional and a national component. The regional component supports training-to-employment projects, skills development projects and service improvement projects on a regional basis.

The national component of the Fund will be used to support initiatives that are national in scope and partnership-based (Aboriginal organizations, governments, sector councils, and national training and employment groups, etc.), and will result in the development of tools, services or promising practices that will enhance the range of client and business services provided under the successor strategy to the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy.

Funded projects will be announced in fall 2009. Projects are funded for a maximum of 18 months, and all projects must end on March 31, 2011.

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