Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

April 07, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Job Training in Canada's North

Canada's Economic Action Plan supports northern prosperity and economic development

INUVIK, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced that the northern construction industry will get a boost in skilled labour as a result of two new training and skills development projects. The Building Inuvialuit Potential Society and Cultural Achievement projects are based on agreements between the Government of Canada, the Government of the Northwest Territories, private sector partners and Aboriginal organizations. Today's announcement includes a Government of Canada contribution of more than $9 million towards these projects.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that people have the skills that will enable them to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Through these projects, our government is working with industry and Aboriginal organizations to help Canadians get good jobs. This is part of our overall strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world."

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program is providing over $7.1 million for the Building Inuvialuit Potential Society project. Partners are contributing the balance of the funding to a project total of over $14 million. 

The regional component of the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Invesment Fund is contributing $2.1 million to the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation for its Cultural Achievement project. 

"Through two major skills and training investment programs by the Government of Canada, Aboriginal participants are receiving much-needed public education and employment training," said Ms. Nellie Cournoyea, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. "They are attaining long-term skills and employment in the Beaufort-Delta Region."

The ASEP 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 to ASEP to provide more and better opportunities for Canada's Aboriginal people. 

Also announced in Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Invesment Fund is a two-year, $75-million program designed to help Aboriginal Canadians through short-term training initiatives that enable them to benefit from current employment opportunities.

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Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment (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 sixteen more projects. Canada's Economic Action Plan is investing to help Aboriginal people participate in the workforce and make the most of employment opportunities.

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.

Project Descriptions

The Building Inuvialuit Potential Society project will provide employment and skills training for participants, resulting in long-term job placements for at least 400 people in the Inuvik region of the Northwest Territories. This is possible through a formalized partnership between the Inuvialuit and Gwich'in communities of the Northwest Territories (represented by Building Aboriginal Futures), the construction sector, the territorial government, local Aboriginal Human Resource Development Agreement holders, and regional training institutions.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) is contributing $7,179,285 to the Building Inuvialuit Potential Society project from the ASEP program. The total project value is over $14 million. The following partners are also contributing to the project:

  • Government of the Northwest Territories – Department of Education, Culture and Employment ($1,852,894);

  • Dowland Contracting ($1,249,885);

  • Gruben's Transport ($1,225,780);

  • Norterra ($907,833);

  • Inuvialuit Regional Corporation ($866,892); and

  • Aboriginal Organizations ($1,076,001).

The Cultural Achievement project will help clients with multiple barriers receive a range of employment choices, including personal support worker (health sector) and certified trades and apprenticeships. It is expected that 90 clients will be trained.

HRSDC is contributing $2,102,276 to the Cultural Achievement project under the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund. The total project value is over $2.8 million. The following partners will also be contributing funding:

  • Inuvialuit Regional Corporation ($458,000);

  • Beaufort-Delta Health and Social Services Authority ($267,300); and

  • Northwest Territories Literacy Association ($5,000).

Contact Information

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