Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 19, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Training for Inuit People to Participate in Fishing Industry

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - Inuit will receive skills and employment training leading to long-term jobs in the fishing industry through a major training investment by the Government of Canada, announced the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

Training for Nunavut's Developing Fishing Industry, a project of the Nunavut Fisheries Training Consortium, will be funded through the federal government's Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program. The fishery sector is identified by the Government of Nunavut as one of the three pillars of its economy.

"Our government is taking action to ensure that Canada's workforce for the future is the best educated, the most skilled and the most flexible in the world," said Minister Finley. "This investment of $2.9 million will provide training and skills development opportunities for about 170 Inuit people, leading to 100 long-term jobs in the territory's fishing industry."

"This training ensures that we have the skills necessary for in-shore, at-sea and land-based employment, and that we are able to fully participate in these economic opportunities," said Ms. Liz Cayen, Executive Director, Nunavut Fisheries Training Consortium.

The project is a partnership between stakeholders in the fishing industry, the federal and territorial governments, Aboriginal organizations and Nunavut Arctic College, created to maximize the benefits for Inuit in the fishing industry.

"This funding towards the Nunavut Fisheries Training Consortium will greatly assist in the continuing development of the territory's fishing industry," said the Honourable Daniel Shewchuk, Minister of Environment for Nunavut. "The Consortium plays a vital role in improving the education and training of Inuit, which in turn allows them to obtain the maximum employment and economic benefits from the development of a Nunavut-based fishing industry."

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program focuses on sustainable Aboriginal employment by providing the skills and training needed to participate in economic opportunities. Through the creation of such partnerships, the Government of Canada is taking action to ensure that Canada's workforce for the future is the best educated, the most skilled and the most flexible in the world.

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, Budget 2009, the Government is continuing its commitment to enhancing the availability of training by investing an additional $100 million over three years in the nationwide ASEP program. This investment will support up to 25 new ASEP projects, which could result in up to 6,000 jobs for Aboriginal people across the country.

Canada's Economic Action Plan aims to create more and better opportunities for Aboriginal Canadians with increased investments in Aboriginal skills and employment programs.

To learn more about the Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca

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BACKGROUNDER

Training for Nunavut's Developing Fishing Industry Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Project

The project will train 170 Inuit people in the territory and provide about 100 participants with long-term jobs in the fishing industry. Special consideration is being given to promote employment of Aboriginal youth, women and persons with disabilities.

The Nunavut Fisheries Training Consortium was incorporated in 2003 to address the training needs of Inuit people in the offshore fishing industry. A board has been established with representatives from industry, the territorial government, Nunavut Arctic College, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreement holders in the territory. Under a new agreement, the board will focus not only on offshore fishing, but will broaden its scope to include training and employment in the inshore fishing and fish processing sectors to increase Inuit participation.

Project Sponsors

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada: $2.9 million (49%)

Private Sector Partnerships: $1.2 million (20%)

Aboriginal Governments and Organizations: $1 million (18%)

Government of Nunavut: $750, 000 (12%)

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada: $50,000 (1%)

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program

Launched in 2003, the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program is designed to maximize training and job opportunities in major economic development projects across Canada. It does this by meeting employers' needs and labour market demands for skilled workers.

ASEP's ultimate success is contingent on the strong partnership forged between Aboriginal groups, the private sector, federal, provincial and/or territorial governments, labour, and educational institutions. Since the program's inception, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada has successfully delivered programming with over 90 partners.

Canada's Economic Action Plan, Budget 2009, is committed to enhancing the availability of training by investing an additional $100 million over three years in the ASEP program.

Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund

Canada's Economic Action Plan committed $75 million over two years to create the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund. The Fund will support short-term focused initiatives designed to help Aboriginal people obtain the specific skills they require to benefit from economic opportunities. This fund will be an important step toward implementing the partnership- and results-based successor to the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy, to be put in place in April 2010.

The Fund's objective is to strengthen partnerships between Aboriginal employment service organizations and employers through training-to-employment programs linked to concrete job opportunities. It will also support projects that test innovative ideas and approaches to delivering Aboriginal labour market programming, and those that provide training for individuals facing barriers to employment, such as low literacy and a lack of essential skills for employment.

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
    or
    Nunavut Fisheries Training Consortium
    Liz Cayen
    Executive Director
    867-979-7862