Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 30, 2010 12:00 ET

Youth Encouraged to Explore Careers in Skilled Trades and Technology

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2010) - Local youth will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and learn about career opportunities in the trades and technology sectors thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister Day. "Our government is taking action to help youth reach their full potential, and that is why we are very proud to support the 2010 BC Skills Competition."

Skills Canada BC will receive $98,929 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to organize and promote the 2010 BC Skills Competition. The Government is a strong supporter of Skills Canada and its provincial and territorial chapters, which host annual skills competitions and promote careers in skilled trades and technology to Canadian youth.

"Skills Canada BC's regional and provincial events will give local youth the opportunity to participate in competitions, showcase their technical and leadership skills, and raise their awareness in the fields of trades and technology," said Mr. Adam Thorvaldson, Executive Director of Skills Canada BC.

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the federal government made a commitment to encourage skilled trades and apprenticeships by investing $40 million per year in the new Apprenticeship Completion Grant, which complements the existing Apprenticeship Incentive Grant. It is estimated that approximately 20,000 apprentices who complete their apprenticeship program and become certified in a designated Red Seal trade will be eligible for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant each year.

Also available is the Tradesperson's Tools Deduction, which provides employed tradespersons with an annual deduction of up to $500 to help cover the cost of new tools necessary to their trade. The total cost of eligible tools must exceed $1,000.

For employers who hire apprentices in a designated Red Seal trade, the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit equal to 10 percent of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices employed after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice.

Youth Awareness is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

The Youth Awareness program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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Skills Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Through provincial, national and international skills competitions, the organization helps make these careers more visible to teachers, students, parents and the general public. The organization's unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securing Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping young people discover rewarding career opportunities.

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Contact Information

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