Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

October 23, 2006 18:30 ET

Canada's New Government Firmly Supportive of Apprentices and the Skilled Trades, Minister Finley Tells the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 23, 2006) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, renewed the commitment of Canada's new government to support apprenticeships and the skilled trades today at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) board meeting in Ottawa.

The board meeting brings together key stakeholders and partners from all segments of Canada's apprenticeship community.

"Within the first 100 days of taking office, the Harper government invested more than $500 million into two bold, new initiatives which will benefit more than 100,000 apprentices over the next two years and help address growing shortages in the skilled trades," said Minister Finley. "We're also proud that some 700,000 tradesmen and women across the country will be able to save on the cost of work-related tools through our new $500 tool tax deduction."

In addition to the Tool Tax Deduction, the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit provides employers with up to $2,000 per apprentice for each of the first two years of their contract, while Apprenticeship Grants of $1,000 will be available to new trainees who successfully complete each of their first two years in a Red Seal apprenticeship program.

The CAF promotes apprenticeship as an effective model for training and education, contributing to the development of a skilled, high quality, productive, inclusive and mobile labour force. It was established in June 2000 to provide a vehicle and venue for collaborative efforts on the part of business, labour, provincial/territorial governments and apprenticeship authorities, educators, women, Aboriginal persons, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Colleen Cameron
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office