Government of Canada

Government of Canada

July 18, 2007 10:20 ET

Canada Shares its Models for Training with Brazil

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 18, 2007) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, President of the Queen's Privy Council for Canada, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification Canada, today announced on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, that Canada's New Government has allocated over $4.4 million for the implementation of two new training sector development projects in Brazil. Minister Ambrose is visiting Brazil to share with a variety of interlocutors how Canada promotes democratic development, human rights, human security and cultural diversity around the world.

"Thanks to today's announcement, Canada and Brazil will be in a better position to exchange ideas and solutions regarding the training of women for employment in Brazil as well as the enhancement of their working conditions", Minister Ambrose said.

The amount announced is from the Knowledge Exchange for Equity Promotion Program, with a $20 million budget over five years. This Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) program supports Brazil's efforts to achieve greater equity. The amount will be allocated as follows:

- Over $2.2 million over four years will be allocated to the Association of Canadian Community Colleges to execute the "Strengthening federal technical education centres and 1000+ women: education, citizenship, and sustainable development" project. This project aims to upgrade trainers' skills at 13 of these centres. Thanks to this initiative, better technical training products will be available to over 1,000 poor women in northeastern Brazil. This should improve their opportunities to find employment. These women will be integrated into the labour market in cooperation with key stakeholders in the private sector and local industry.

- Over $2.2 million over three years will be allocated to the Consortium for International Development in Education to start up the "Skills-based human resources training in the health sector in the state of Ceara" project. This project aims to promote the exchange of knowledge in human resources training and management in the health sector and ultimately to provide better services to users of Ceara's health system.

Long-term initiatives under this project bring Brazilian and Canadian partner organizations together for two to four years. Canada, through CIDA contributes up to $2.5 million. The Program focuses on the areas of governance, health, and employment, mainly in northeastern Brazil.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Richard Walker
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    819-953-6534 (electronic version of document)
    Intergovernmental Affairs
    Pierre Florea
    Director of Communications