Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

March 26, 2010 17:45 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Training for Yukon Mining Industry

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - March 26, 2010) - The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is strengthening the Yukon mining industry by supporting the development and modification of mining training programs and investing in a mine equipment simulator. 

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), made the announcement today.

CanNor will provide a total of $2,250,000 in investments to the Yukon Mining Training Association (YMTA). From this funding, $1,500,000 will be used to purchase and install a portable mine equipment simulator. An additional $750,000 in funding will be used to support curriculum development of the YMTA's Yukon Mine Training Program. These two projects will benefit local residents and encourage skills development in meeting the short and long term labour needs of the territory's mining industry.

"These investments will ensure Yukon has a skilled, well-trained, successful labour force able to meet the needs of the Yukon mining industry," said Minister Strahl who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. "These projects are concrete examples of our Government's commitment to competitiveness and economic growth in the North."

"Yukoners require modern equipment and targeted investments to ensure a diversified and skilled workforce," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, who is the Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health. "Today's investment will go a long way to ensure that Yukon continues to have a strong mining sector." 

"With these funds the Yukon Mine Training Association can develop, purchase and modify curriculum to suit Yukon industry and community needs and allow for local delivery of training programs that are Yukon-specific. Additionally, the purchase of mine training simulators will allow us to train Yukoners in the Yukon for Yukon Projects. These programs will be an invaluable addition to the Yukon's existing programming and will help us meet our current and future labour market demands by developing our local workforce," said Tracy Thomas, Executive Director, YMTA.

These projects are funded through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF), as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan. The fund will provide $32.8 million to the three territories from 2009 through 2011.

The CAF is one of a suite of economic development programs that fall under the mandate of CanNor. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities in the territories, and for related policy development, research and advocacy.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit: and for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit:

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
    Kathleen McLeod
    Senior Communications Advisor
    Yukon Mine Training Association
    Tracy Thomas
    Executive Director