Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 13, 2009 16:00 ET

Member of Parliament Dona Cadman Praises Graduates of ACCESS Trades Program in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 13, 2009) - Ms. Dona Cadman, Member of Parliament for Surrey North, addressed graduates of a Carpentry Level 1 class of the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS), on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development. Speaking at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, Ms. Cadman congratulated them on completing the first year of their apprenticeships.

"The demand for skilled tradespeople in Canada remains strong," she said, "and Aboriginal and Metis people can fill that demand. Our government wants to ensure that Aboriginal people fully share in the economic opportunities available in our country."

"We are committed to providing unemployed urban Aboriginal people with industry-certified training," said Ms. Helen Boyce, Director of Trades and Apprenticeships, ACCESS. "This gives our participants the skills to be competitive in the labour market and successful in their lives."

ACCESS is an Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreement holder. Its mandate is to enhance human resources development and the sustainable capacity of the urban Aboriginal population in Metro Vancouver through the provision of employment and training services.

The Government of Canada supports ACCESS through the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy (AHRDS)-a community-based strategy designed to help Aboriginal people prepare for, obtain and maintain employment.

As proposed in Canada's Economic Action Plan, $75 million over two years will be used to establish an Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment Fund. The Fund will lay the groundwork for a successor program to the AHRDS, and will focus on employer partnerships and the delivery of targeted training to improve employment outcomes.


Aboriginal Human Resources Development Strategy (AHRDS)

- Created in 1999, the AHRDS is funded to $344 million per year. AHRDS is a core component of HRSDC's current labour market programming, with a regional delivery infrastructure via 79 Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreement (AHRDA) holders and 400 points of service.

- Since 1999, AHRDS programming has assisted over 450,000 Aboriginal people in developing the skills needed to participate in the labour market. Results show that 43% of these First Nations, Metis or Inuit clients either found work (over 150,000) or returned to school (over 48,000).

- AHRDA holders are Aboriginal organizations mandated to deliver culturally sensitive labour market programming to Aboriginal people. Services include:

- Employment counselling;

- Access to training and skills upgrading;

- Incentives to employers such as Targeted Wage Subsidies (TWS); and,

- Other labour market supports such as child care.

Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS)

ACCESS offers customized employment and training services designed specifically to provide members of the Lower Mainland urban Aboriginal community with the education and skills to compete equally and effectively in today's job market. ACCESS is designed to stimulate and support innovative labour market initiatives. Human resource development is an integral aspect of Aboriginal self-determination and capacity building. Aboriginal peoples living off reserve in British Columbia face special issues and have special and unique needs.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) builds on the existing Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) by offering an additional $2,000 to eligible apprentices once they successfully complete their apprenticeship training in a Red Seal trade. It is estimated that up to 20,000 apprentices could be eligible for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant each year.

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Service Canada