Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 07, 2011 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps PEI Aboriginal People Get Skills in Aerospace, Tourism and Health

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2011) - The Government of Canada is helping Aboriginal people in Prince Edward Island get the skills they need to find and keep good jobs.

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced support for the Native Council of Prince Edward Island's Strengthening and Mentoring Aboriginal People for Realistic Training project.

"Our government's top priority is jobs and the economy. We know that in a constantly evolving labour market, it's important that Canadians get the skills and training they need to succeed," said Minister Shea. "This is why we work with partners to ensure that Aboriginal people are able to take full advantage of economic opportunities."

Through the Native Council's project, 10 Aboriginal people will receive training and skills development in the aerospace, tourism or health industries. Upon completion, they will get jobs in these sectors. Another 10 Aboriginal people will have the opportunity to upgrade their academic and career skills.

The Government of Canada is providing $374,511 under the Skills and Partnership Fund. In addition, the Native Council of Prince Edward Island, the province of Prince Edward Island, the Women's Network of Prince Edward Island, Aerospace Human Resource Sector Council and the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, will make in-kind contributions valued at $81,225 for this initiative.

The Skills and Partnership Fund is part of the Government's strategy to help First Nations, Métis and Inuit people get training and work experience to secure sustainable, meaningful employment.

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Launched in July 2010, the Skills and Partnership Fund encourages Aboriginal organizations to create partnerships with government, business and community organizations that drive change, improve skills training and create opportunities for Aboriginal people.

The Government of Canada is investing $210 million over five years in this partnership-based, opportunity driven fund. The Fund supports projects that encourage innovation, test new approaches and address systemic gaps in the delivery of employment services for Aboriginal Canadians to ensure this growing population can fully share in economic opportunities. All Aboriginal organizations are eligible to apply for funding under the program.

The Skills and Partnership Fund builds on the success of earlier Aboriginal employment programs, responding to the changing needs and priorities of the labour market, while providing opportunities for Aboriginal people to fully participate in Canada's economy.

The Government of Canada also supports the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy, which is an integrated approach to Aboriginal labour market programming that links training to labour market demand. The Strategy supports more than 80 Aboriginal organizations in the delivery of programs and services to increase Aboriginal participation in the Canadian labour market. It focuses on three strategic priorities: supporting skills development; fostering partnerships with the private sector and the provinces and territories; as well as accountability and results. The program was launched in April 2010 with funding of $1.6 billion over five years.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada