Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 26, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Investment Helps Graduates and Steel Industry Invest in Future

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 26, 2009) - A partnership between the Government of Canada and the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress (CSTEC) will result in 46 post-secondary school graduates gaining career-oriented job experience, announced Mr. David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

Through a federal investment of $588,689, CSTEC's Career Focus Project will help recent post-secondary graduates develop their skills in the areas of process engineering, information technology, metallurgy, environmental science, automation, mechanical engineering and production. Employers participating in the program will contribute $1.4 million in wages.

An additional $549,582 will help CSTEC update a study of the steel sector to have current information on human resources and labour market issues facing the steel industry in Canada.

CSTEC provides relevant, practical and cost-effective solutions to a wide range of workforce recruitment, development and training needs of the Canadian steel industry and its workers.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that Canadians have access to the skills development needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Sweet. "Our government's contribution to these projects will enable the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress to help 46 young people develop the skills and knowledge that are crucial in the steel sector. It will also help the Congress update an important study of the steel sector to have current information on the human resources and labour market issues that face the industry."

"The Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress is very pleased to continue to administer the Career Focus initiative for the Canadian steel sector and update our study of the steel sector. The funding from HRSDC supports and complements our efforts to attract the talented younger employees necessary for the ongoing success and growth of the steel sector in our national economy," said Mr. Bob Jones, Executive Director of CSTEC.

Support for these projects is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to help foster the development of the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government built on this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan, which includes creating more opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development and training.


Developing Canada's human resources is increasingly vital to compete in today's competitive global economy. The Government of Canada recognizes the need to maintain Canada's knowledge advantage, and to ensure that Canada has the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. Through the Sector Council Program, the Government of Canada works with sector councils, such as the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress, in an effort to create career-oriented employment opportunities for recent graduates from Canada's post-secondary institutions to enable them to gain experience and develop their employment skills.

The Congress serves as an industry-driven organization that responds to human resources and skills development pressures within the broader Canadian steel industry by providing employment opportunities to recent graduates in the following areas:

- process engineering;

- information technology;

- metallurgy;

- environmental science;

- automation;

- mechanical engineering; and

- production.

Sector councils

Sector councils embody the principles of partnership. Operating at arm's length from the Government, they bring together business, labour and educational stakeholders to share ideas, concerns and perspectives about current and anticipated human resources and skills issues. They look at their industry's labour market issues and find solutions that are right for them.

The Sector Council Program

The Program is guided by four principal objectives:

- increase industry's investment in skills development to promote a quality workforce;

- improve learning systems so they better meet the needs of industry;

- reduce barriers to labour mobility, creating a more efficient labour market; and

- enhance the ability of industry to recruit and retain workers and to address human resources issues.

Some of the sector councils' activities include labour market forecasting and analysis; workplace learning; the development of national occupational standards and essential skills; the development of curricula tailored to industry needs; and the integration of foreign workers into the Canadian labour market.

More information on the Sector Council Program is available on the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Web site at

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office