FREDERICTON, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Julian Fantino,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, today thanked the New Brunswick
Government for committing $50,000 in support to the Helmets to Hardhats
program. The announcement was made in the lead up to a fundraising
dinner where Minister Fantino, the Honourable David Alward, Premier of
New Brunswick, and Brian MacDonald, Legislative Secretary to the
Premier, responsible for Intergovernmental Affairs and Military
Affairs, will speak to participants about the importance of hiring
"We sincerely applaud the Government of New Brunswick for supporting
Canada's Veterans transition to civilian careers," said Minister
Fantino. "The men and women who have served Canada in uniform are known
worldwide for their leadership skills, expertise and teamwork. They
have exactly what it takes to begin rewarding civilian careers after
serving their country with dignity and pride."
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) helped to found and launch Helmets to
Hardhats in Canada as an innovative partnership between government, the
provinces, the building trades unions and the private sector. The
initiative helps Veterans find meaningful jobs in Canada's building,
construction and trades industries.
"Connecting these skilled, disciplined and results-oriented Canadians
with opportunities is not only the right thing to do for Veterans and
military personnel—it's also a smart way to solve our skills shortage
and keep our economy growing," said Minister Fantino.
Through the Hire a Veteran initiative and the Veterans Transition
Advisory Council, the Government of Canada is working hand in hand with
corporate Canada and local businesses to match the world-class skills
and expertise of Canadian Armed Forces' members and Veterans with
access to jobs and training opportunities.
"Veterans are deeply motivated to continue contributing to Canada when
their military careers are over," said the Honourable Rob Moore,
Regional Minister for New Brunswick and Minister of State (Atlantic
Canada Opportunities Agency). "Helmets to Hardhats helps them transfer
the experience, education and training they gained in the military into
a job that allows them to continue to lead and help build a strong
The Helmets to Hardhats fundraising dinner will be held tonight at the
Fredericton Convention Centre.
Veterans Affairs Canada's support and services offer the right care at
the right time to achieve the best results for Veterans and their
families. Find out more at veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Director of Communications
Department of Post-Secondary, Education, Training and Labour
Province of New Brunswick
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs