Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 20, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Apprentices in Steel Trades in Ontario

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - The Government of Canada is helping to provide skills training to close to 200 Ontario apprentices and workers to help the country rebound from the economic downturn.

Mr. David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster–Dundas–Flamborough–Westdale, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced support to the Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress (CSTEC) for its Workforce Development Initiative. This initiative is helping employers in the steel industry retain and retrain workers who are facing layoffs and will enable them to recruit and train new apprentices.

"Our government is partnering with industry to help ensure Canadians have the skills necessary to make our country competitive in the recovering global economy," said Mr. Sweet. "Our government is taking action to invest and create good jobs today."

Last year, the Congress received $1.8 million, which helped retain and employ 140 workers in the steel industry. Following the success of that initiative, the Government of Canada is providing an additional $250,000 to help employers in the industry hire 50 new apprentices. 

"The Workforce Development Initiative between CSTEC and the federal government has helped the steel industry to retain and to expand its skilled trades workforce in this very difficult and uncertain economic environment," said Mr. Robert Jones, Executive Director of the Congress. "These investments by the industry and the federal government will pay off in a stronger and more globally competitive steel industry in Canada."

This project complements other investments the Government of Canada is making in skills training for Canadians through grants, tax credits, and support for training programs. For example, through apprenticeship grants, eligible apprentices can receive up to $4,000 upon completing their apprenticeship program and obtaining their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade.

Through the Sector Council Program, the Government is working with the private sector to enhance adult workers' skills through activities such as increasing employer investments in skills development and promoting workplace learning and training.

Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on government investments in skills development and training to protect Canadians from the impacts of the global economic downturn and provide for the country's long-term growth. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development and training. 

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Please visit Human Resources and Skills Development Canada's Web site at www.hrsdc.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Sector Council Program

To compete in today's increasingly competitive global economy, the Government of Canada recognizes that it is important to help Canadians develop the skills they need to participate in the workforce.

Sector councils are national partnership organizations that bring together business, labour and educational stakeholders. Operating at arm's length from the Government of Canada, sector councils are a way for stakeholders to share ideas, concerns and perspectives about human resources and skills issues. Through ongoing collaboration, they work to find solutions that benefit their sector.

Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress 

The Canadian Steel Trade and Employment Congress has developed much of its experience and expertise helping the Canadian steel industry and its workers meet their evolving challenges. It is an industry-driven organization that responds to human resources and skills development pressures within the broader Canadian steel industry. The Congress' initiatives include apprenticeship, essential skills, training, career awareness and youth employment services.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559