Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

October 21, 2010 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Yukon Construction Trades Sector

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2010) - Yukoners could soon benefit from local training opportunities in the skilled construction trades thanks to an investment by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced an investment of $93,250 to the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (Canada) Local 310 (UA). The funding will create a business plan to assess the potential development of a Yukon Mechanical Trades Education and Training Centre.

"Increasing training opportunities in the skilled trades will ensure Yukoners are equipped to compete for local jobs and meet the growing industry demands for skilled workers in the construction trades," said Minister Duncan, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

"Building the necessary skills required by the local mining, construction and oil and gas industries in Yukon will create jobs and strengthen the territorial economy," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Minister Responsible for the North, and Minister of Health.

This investment will assist the UA in its goals to increase the pool of skilled trades people among First Nations and communities throughout Yukon, particularly in the areas of plumbing, pipefitting, sheet metal, and sprinkler systems.

"I'm excited to see the next phase of this project moving forward," said Don Austin, Manager of Industry and Member Relations for the UA. "By bringing to the north the full spectrum of our training capabilities we bring a mobile, flexible ability to train while maintaining the highest standards in the industry." Mr. Austin further states that it is the UA's goal to develop a local skilled workforce so jobs stay in the north and Yukoners receive the greatest benefits from the mining oil and gas industry.

The UA is a multi-craft union whose members are engaged in the fabrication, installation, and servicing of piping systems in the residential, commercial/institutional, industrial, and pipeline industries in Yukon and across North America. It has been training qualified pipe tradesmen in Yukon for over 50 years and for more than 70 years across Canada.

Funding for this program is made possible through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, which focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity building in all three territories.

SINED is one of several economic development programs within CanNor, which is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development programs across the North, and for related policy development, research and advocacy. 

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: http://www.cannor.gc.ca.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit and for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit www.northernstrategy.ca/index-eng.asp.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    Michele-Jamali Paquette
    Press Secretary
    819-997-0002
    or
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
    Yukon Region
    Erin Macpherson, Communications Advisor
    867-667-3849
    or
    United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices
    of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry (Canada) Local 310
    Don Austin, Manager of Industry and Member Relations
    867-334-3841