Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 19, 2007 10:18 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Training Partnerships Between Military and Ontario Colleges

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 19, 2007) - On behalf the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, today announced that the Canadian Forces (CF) is teaming up with three Ontario colleges to provide entry-level technical training to military personnel. The event took place at Georgian College in Barrie, one of the participating colleges along with Algonquin College and La Cite collegiale in Ottawa.

"The Government is working to find opportunities in which our Canadian Forces personnel can learn some specific skills in our Canadian colleges," said Minister MacKay. "This program is innovative in that it provides troops with technical training in areas such as working with vehicles or cooking."

"I am proud that Georgian College in Barrie is able to contribute to the technical skills training of our Canadian Forces," said MP Brown. "It's a win-win situation both the college and our military."

The federal investment is a total of $3.1 million for the three Ontario colleges to offer entry-level trades training in support of several military occupations.

In Ottawa, Algonquin College will provide training to 44 vehicle technicians while La Cite collegiale will provide francophone instruction to 14 cooks and 36 vehicle technicians. At Georgian College in Barrie, an additional 10 military personnel will receive entry-level cook's training.

The alternative training strategies being implemented by the CF are driven by many factors, including the aim of reducing the number of uniformed personnel involved in providing training and the need to train entry-level personnel for operational units in a timely manner. Training and educating military personnel in Canadian community college programs also serves to better connect with Canadians.

The CF continually seeks opportunities to train more personnel in Canadian colleges, and a series of strategic partnerships has evolved as more personnel enroll in CF-approved college programs. A strategic partnership was announced recently in Ottawa that will see 33 military geomatics technicians attend Algonquin College and complete a unique program developed jointly with the CF. As a result, the number of graduates trained in this occupation will double with fewer uniformed personnel delivering the training.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Forces Alternative Training Delivery Program
    Captain Cheryl Swarbrick
    Public Affairs Officer
    705-424-1200 ext 3162.