Minister Kenney announces support to help Aboriginal people get training
as welders, electricians and pipefitters
TERRACE, BC, Feb. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister
of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism,
today announced federal government support to help Aboriginal people in
British Columbia get the skills they need to land well-paying jobs in
the resource sector. Minister Kenney also highlighted Economic Action
Plan 2014 measures to ensure Canadians have the skills employers
require for available jobs.
The Government of Canada will provide over $6.1 million to the Pacific
Trail Pipelines Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Training
Society to train 780 Aboriginal people in British Columbia. The
Training Society will partner with the private sector to help
Aboriginal people gain skills for occupations in demand in the energy
sector including welders, electricians and pipefitters. Minister Kenney
highlighted how the energy sector is building ambitious projects, many
of which are literally in the backyards of Aboriginal communities. This
represents a tremendous opportunity for Canada's Aboriginal people and
helps address skills shortages in British Columbia.
Minister Kenney also highlighted the Government of Canada's recent
agreement with the Assembly of First Nations on improving education for
First Nations children on reserves. This announcement marks an historic
milestone for First Nations and all Canadians as we move forward with
legislation so that First Nations children across Canada have access to
a quality education and can participate fully in Canada's prosperous
The Pacific Trail Pipelines Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership
Training Society will help over 780 Aboriginal people train for jobs
such as heavy equipment operators, electricians, welders and
pipefitters to support pipeline construction and operations in northern
Aboriginal communities are seeing meaningful benefits from resource
development across Canada. The natural resource industry currently
supports 31 000 Aboriginal jobs—making natural resources the largest
employer of Aboriginal people in Canada.
The Research Universities' Council of B.C predicts that by 2020 there
will be a shortage of 19 000 qualified workers in B.C.
"The Government of Canada's top priorities are creating jobs, economic
growth and long-term prosperity. Our government is helping Aboriginal
people get the skills and training they need to secure meaningful
employment and build better futures for themselves and their families."
- The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social
Development and Minister for Multiculturalism
"PTP ASEP Training Society is built on the foundation of partnerships
with the client, Chevron, Apache, the LNG Terminal Project, the PTP
Pipeline Project as well as First Nations, federal and provincial
governments. The partnerships create unique opportunities to really
support clients and develop a strong First Nations Trades labour force.
It truly is a game changer."
- Diane Collins, Executive Director, PTP ASEP Training Society
"Chevron believes in creating economic benefits and employment in the
communities where we operate. The Pacific Trail Pipeline Limited
Partnership between Chevron, Apache and 15 First Nations along the
proposed natural gas pipeline route is unique in western Canadian
resource development. Today's announcement will provide even more
opportunities for First Nations in northern B.C. to participate in the
Kitimat LNG and Pacific Trail Pipeline projects and to share the
benefits it will generate through the skills training, education and
employment opportunities offered through Pacific Trail Pipelines
Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership."
- Alan Dunlop, Vice President of Chevron Canada Limited and General
Manager of the Kitimat LNG project
Skills and Partnership Fund backgrounder
Skills and Partnership Fund
Economic Action Plan 2014
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes $1.25 billion from 2016-17 to 2018-19
in support of the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act. In addition, Economic Action Plan 2014 confirms a new Enhanced
Education Fund that will provide funding of $160 million over four
years starting in 2015-16.
To help registered apprentices with the cost of their training and
encourage more Canadians to consider a career in the skilled trades,
the Canada Apprentice Loan will offer interest-free loans of up to
$4,000 per period of technical training and will defer interest charges
and loan repayment until the recipients complete or cancel their study
program. It is estimated that at least 26 000 apprentices per year will
apply for over $100 million in loans.
The Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training
pilot project will help reduce non-financial barriers to completing
training and obtaining certification by using new learning tools such
as in-class simulators, e-learning modules, remote learning sites and
video conferencing. This will help apprentices continue working and
earning while fulfilling the technical training requirements of their
study program. This project could potentially support up to 12
multi-year projects through reallocations of $13 million over four
years starting in 2014-15.
The Government will ensure increased awareness of existing financial
supports available through Employment Insurance (EI) so apprentices can
start to receive benefits more quickly while on technical training.
Through EI's Supplemental Unemployment Benefit plan, employers can also
invest more in apprenticeship training by choosing to top up an
apprentice's benefits by up to 95 percent of his or her normal wage.
Skills and Partnership Fund
Launched in July 2010, the Skills and Partnership Fund encourages
Aboriginal organizations to create partnerships with government,
business and community organizations that improve skills training and
create opportunities for Aboriginal people. This partnership-based,
opportunity-driven fund responds to the changing needs and priorities
of the labour market while providing opportunities for Aboriginal
people to fully participate in Canada's economy.
Other Aboriginal Labour Market Programs
The Government of Canada also funds the Aboriginal Skills and Employment
Training Strategy (ASETS), which links training to labour market
demand. ASETS supports more than 80 Aboriginal organizations in the
delivery of programs and services to increase Aboriginal participation
in the job market.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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