Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

September 01, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Partners to Provide Employment for Aboriginal People in the Northwest Territories

FORT SIMPSON, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2010) - The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced a partnership with the Dehcho First Nations Futures Society for its Our People, Our Future project. The project will help prepare Aboriginal people in the Northwest Territories for employment opportunities created through construction and petroleum exploration and production.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan is making a difference by ensuring that Aboriginal people have the training and skills development they need to fully share in current and future economic opportunities," said Minister Finley. "This project will help accomplish this by providing training for Aboriginal people, leading to jobs in the construction and oil and gas sectors."

The Government of Canada will provide the Dehcho First Nations with funding of $2.3 million through the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program, which is supported under Canada's Economic Action Plan. Through this project, participants will receive the training and workplace experience required to secure long-term sustainable jobs as aircraft mechanics, automotive technicians and heavy equipment operators, and as carpentry, electrical and plumbing apprentices and journeypersons.

The Our People, Our Future project supports the Government of Canada's priority of improving labour market outcomes for Aboriginal people and supporting social and economic development in the North. The project also advances Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's mandate to develop a skilled, adaptable and inclusive labour force, and the ASEP program's objective of promoting sustainable employment for Aboriginal people in major economic industries.

The ASEP program promotes partnerships between the Government of Canada, other levels of government, local organizations and employers. It provides on-the-job training that leads to long-term jobs in high demand professions such as mining, hydro development, fisheries, tourism, construction and infrastructure. Canada's Economic Action Plan provided an additional $100 million in funding over three years for this program to create more and better opportunities for Aboriginal people. 

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Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program

The Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership (ASEP) program is a nationally managed, opportunity-driven, project-based initiative that promotes increased participation of Aboriginal people in major economic developments through formalized partnerships between Aboriginal organizations and the private sector. The provinces and territories also contribute to the projects, and all partners must contribute at least 50 percent of the total cost of the project. The ASEP program supports multi-year training-to-employment strategies leading to long-term jobs for Aboriginal people in existing and emerging industries.

ASEP was initially launched in 2003 as an $85-million, five-year program supporting nine projects that resulted in over 7,500 Aboriginal people receiving training, with more than 3,500 of them finding long-term sustainable jobs. In 2007, the ASEP program was renewed and extended until 2012, with an additional $105 million supporting 16 more projects. Canada's Economic Action Plan is providing an additional $100 million over three years to help Aboriginal people participate in the workforce and make the most of employment opportunities.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office