Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

November 04, 2011 13:15 ET

Governments Launch Initiative to Help Students in Trades Succeed in Business

DIEPPE, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Nov. 4, 2011) -

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On behalf of the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue, Mr. Robert Goguen, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Moncton—Riverview—Dieppe, joined the Honourable Martine Coulombe, New Brunswick Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, today in a visit to the Dieppe campus of the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) to promote the Trade School Initiative. This educational pilot project, being launched simultaneously today in New Brunswick, Ontario and British Columbia, was developed through a federal-provincial-territorial partnership to help students become informed tradespersons in the construction and renovation industry.

"Our government believes in equipping the entrepreneurs of tomorrow with the tools they need to succeed. This initiative will help them be fiscally responsible, adopting good business practices as they embark on their career in the trades," said Mr. Goguen. "It is important to educate students on their tax entitlements and responsibilities, as well as the pitfalls of participating in the underground economy."

The initiative provides relevant information on tax credits and financial resources such as the tradesperson's deduction for tools, the apprenticeship incentive grant, and the apprenticeship completion grant. The information and resource-based Web site ( also has links to career opportunities, bookkeeping, employee rights, and employer responsibilities. Other provinces and territories may participate in this initiative in the future.

"This initiative is a unique gateway to government information and resources developed exclusively for trade students," said Minister Coulombe. "I encourage all students to make use of this essential business tool."

CCNB President and Director-General, Liane Roy, added that " is a student's next step on the journey to becoming a reputable business person or to successful employment."

"This is a great tool for student success and leadership," also added CCNB President and CEO Marilyn Luscombe. "For those who are serious about entrepreneurship in the construction and renovation industry, is a necessity."

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