Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

July 14, 2015 15:30 ET

Government of Canada Improves Access to Heavy Equipment Operator Training

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - July 14, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Barriers to employment in the booming construction industry will soon be reduced thanks to an investment of more than $130,000 announced today by the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

The Government of Canada's support to Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre Inc. (STSC) will support the purchase of vital equipment for the Introduction to Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) training program. The industry-recognized program will help meet market demand for skilled workers in the construction trades, while also benefiting youth and Aboriginal people facing barriers to well-paid jobs or having difficulty transitioning to full-time employment.

STSC will purchase an articulating boom lift and a truck to help train workers as well as to transport them to job sites for work experience.

Quick Facts

  • STSC will deliver two intakes of the HEO training program over the next two years, training 24 new workers.
  • With essential skills training, safety certification, hands-on experience with various heavy equipment and a one-week work practicum with the City of Saskatoon, students will be ready to join the workforce at industry pace by the end of 8 weeks.
  • STSC will use the articulating boom lift in all of its trades-based courses to complement classroom work received in Aerial Work Platform training; additional training to better prepare students for the labour market.


"Our Government is pleased to invest in equipment that will help expand access to skills training. Through this initiative we are ensuring that individuals have the relevant training they need to fill in-demand jobs, and demonstrating our continued commitment to Canada's growth and long-term prosperity."

- The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"The Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre is a leader in training students for in-demand jobs. Through this investment, our Government is demonstrating our commitment to helping Canadians access available jobs by equipping them with the skills they need to succeed."

- Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar

"Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre is very excited about this announcement today. Once again, the Government of Canada has given us the opportunity to meet industry needs. This new equipment for the centre will create even greater employment opportunities for our students."

- Leonard Manitokan, Chair, Board of Directors, Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre

Additional Links

- Harper Government invests in skills training to boost productivity

- Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre

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