Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 17, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Announces the Creation of the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today underscored the Government's commitment to supporting Aboriginal peoples by announcing the creation of the Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund (ASTSIF).

Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $75 million for the ASTSIF over two years. The Fund will strengthen partnerships between Aboriginal employment service organizations and employers through training-to-employment programs linked to concrete job opportunities.

"The Government of Canada is committed to supporting Aboriginal people in tough economic times through targeted investments to improve their skills and employability and help them secure long term jobs," said Minister Strahl.

This Fund will lay the groundwork for a partnership- and results-based successor to the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy. The Fund will also support additional investments in training for Aboriginal individuals facing barriers to employment, such as low literacy and lack of essential skills for employment.

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that First Nations, Metis and Inuit fully share in economic opportunities," said Minister Strahl.

The Government is also investing an additional $100 million over three years in the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program to help Aboriginal people participate in the workforce and obtain the training they need to secure good skilled jobs.

More Information is available on the HRSDC website http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/home.shtml


BACKGROUNDER

Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund ASTSIF

The fund will support short-term, focused initiatives designed to help Aboriginal people obtain the specific skills they require to benefit from economic opportunities.

The fund will be an important step toward implementing the partnership- and results-based successor to the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy (AHRDS), to be put in place in April 2010.

The ASTSIF's objectives are to strengthen partnerships between Aboriginal employment service organizations and employers through training-to-employment programs linked to concrete job opportunities. It will also fund projects which will test innovative ideas and approaches to delivering Aboriginal labour market programming and those that provide training for individuals facing barriers to employment such as low literacy and lack of essential skills for employment.

Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership program

The Government is also investing an additional $100 million over three years in the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program to help Aboriginal people participate in the workforce and obtain the training they need to secure good skilled jobs.

Launched in 2003, the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program is designed to maximize training and job opportunities in major economic development projects across Canada. It does this by meeting employers' needs and labour market demands for skilled workers.

This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559