May 20, 2010 13:02 ET

Government of Canada Supports the College of the Rockies' International Efforts

CRANBROOK, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, the Honourable Jim Abbott, today announced that the Government of Canada will make a contribution to the College of the Rockies for youth internships in Africa and the Americas, and vocational training in Africa. Mr. Abbott made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, following a meeting with college officials.

"The College of the Rockies has a proven track record in implementing international development projects," said Jim Abbott. "There is an undeniable dynamic at the College of the Rockies, and I am proud to announce that the Canadian Government will partner with a globally engaged community college that provides training to workers and that offers young Canadians an opportunity to share their knowledge as they carry out work in developing countries."

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will provide $1.23 million in funds in support of the projects. Of the total amount, $630,000 will be provided over three years so that 42 young Canadians can work in private-sector development, sustainable tourism, and health education in Ecuador and Peru, as well as in Kenya and Tanzania.

In addition, $600,000 will be provided under the framework agreement with the Association of Canadian Community Colleges to provide quality vocational training and skills development for workers in the tourism and mining industries in Tanzania.

"Effective vocational training programs help people lift themselves out of poverty by providing greater opportunities for jobs and stable incomes," said Minister Oda. "That is why the Government of Canada has made sustainable economic growth a priority for our aid programs."

This project is part of CIDA's Skills for Employment initiative, which aims to help countries in Africa and in the Caribbean and the Andean regions establish strong technical and vocational education and training systems in order to build the skilled workforces necessary for economic growth.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Jessica Fletcher
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office