Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

January 14, 2010 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Creating New Opportunities for Aboriginal People in Fisheries

EEL GROUND, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2010) - Aboriginal people who face barriers to employment will get the training they need to obtain meaningful jobs in the commercial fishing industry.

Ms. Tilly O'Neill-Gordon, Member of Parliament for Miramichi, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced the Aboriginal Fisheries Essential Skills Development Project, which will be managed by the North Shore Micmac District Council.

"Aboriginal people are an important part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, the most skilled and the most flexible workforce in the world," said Ms. O'Neill-Gordon. "Through the training and partnerships provided by the North Shore Micmac District Council, Aboriginal people will gain the skills they need to participate in the commercial fishing industry and prepare for the jobs of the future."

The District Council will receive $534,000 from the Government of Canada to provide job planning services and skills training for up to 50 Aboriginal people in New Brunswick. Fisheries planning and management will be a key part of the participants' training.

The Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund is part of a Canada's Economic Action Plan investment of $200 million over three years to provide Aboriginal Canadians with training and skills development opportunities that create jobs in their communities. In total, the Economic Action Plan has committed $1.4 billion for training, on-reserve housing, infrastructure and health.

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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 specific skills they require to benefit from economic opportunities.

The Fund has a regional and 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.

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
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office