Helping Women Work In The Skilled Trades



    McGuinty Government Celebrates International Women's Day

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is providing 152 low-income women with training in carpentry,
welding, horticulture, painting-decorating, cooking and landscaping.
    Ontario is facing a shortage of skilled trades workers. By 2025, Canada's
skilled labour shortage will reach 1.2 million people.
    The $1.5 million investment from the province's Women In Skilled Trades
program will help address this worker shortage by giving low-income women the
skills training they need to build a higher quality of life.
    The training is being provided in Burlington, Hamilton, Hawkesbury,
Kenora, Fort Frances, Waterloo and Toronto.

    QUOTES

    "When we support women, we build stronger communities and a stronger
Ontario. Let's celebrate and recognize the talented and dedicated women in our
lives," said Minister Responsible for Women's Issues Deb Matthews.

    "Investing in people is a cornerstone of the McGuinty government's
economic strategy. Helping women reach their potential supports the province's
competitiveness within the global economy," said Minister of Training,
Colleges and Universities John Milloy.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -  International Women's Day is observed worldwide on March 8 to
       celebrate women's progress and encourage action on removing barriers
       to women's equality. This year's Canadian theme is Strong Women:
       Strong World.

    -  Since 2003, Ontario has provided $6.1 million to train up to 592 women
       in the skilled trades.

    -  In 2006, women accounted for 17 per cent of the active apprentices and
       20 per cent of the new registrations in the apprenticeship program.

    LEARN MORE

    -  Learn about women in skilled trades.

    -  Find an International Women's Day event in your area.


    www.ontario.ca/women-news

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               ONTARIO HELPING WOMEN WORK IN THE SKILLED TRADES

    Ontario is providing 152 low-income women with training in carpentry,
welding, horticulture, painting-decorating, cooking and landscaping.
    The $1.5 million investment from the province's Women In Skilled Trades
program will help address this worker shortage by giving low-income women the
skills training they need to build a higher quality of life.
    The training is being provided in Burlington, Hamilton, Hawkesbury,
Kenora, Fort Frances, Waterloo and Toronto.

    Burlington

    The Centre for Skills Development and Training will receive $202,592 to
deliver training to 20 women in enhanced general carpentry. The program
includes 30 weeks of in-class and on-the-job training, and a 16-week work
placement.

         Contact information:
         Ecaterina Jallad
         The Centre for Skills Development and Training
         860 Harrington Court
         Burlington, ON L7N 3N4
         Tel: 905-333-3499 ext. 121
         Fax: 905-634-2775
         Email: jallade@thecentre.on.ca

    Hamilton

    AAT School Hamilton Inc. will receive $260,000 to deliver training in
landscaping to 20 women in Hamilton. The program includes 30 weeks of in-class
and on-the-job training, and a 10-week work placement.

         Contact information:
         John Dime
         AAT School Hamilton Inc.
         41 Stuart St.
         Hamilton, ON L8L 1B5
         Tel.: 905-521-1121
         Fax: 905-521-8169
         Email: john.dime@aat-school.ca

    Hawkesbury

    La Cité collégiale will receive $179,490 to deliver training in welding to
14 Francophone women in Hawkesbury. The program includes 30 weeks of in-class
training and a 20-week work placement.

         Contact information:
         Danielle Brazeau
         La Cité collégiale
         801 Promenade de l'Aviation
         Ottawa, ON K1K 4R3
         Tel: 613-742-2493 ex: 2597
         Fax: 613-742-2479
         Email: dbraze@lacitec.on.ca

    Kenora and Fort Frances

    Confederation College will receive $208,000 to deliver a cook training
program to 28 Aboriginal women in Kenora and Fort Frances. The program
includes 24 weeks of in-class training and an eight-week work placement.

         Contact information:
         Janet Arinobu
         Confederation College
         P.O. Box 398, 1450 Nakina Drive
         Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4W1
         Tel: 807-475-6370
         Fax: 807-626-9584
         Email: arinobu@confederationc.on.ca

    Waterloo

    Conestoga College will receive $290,000 to deliver training in general
carpentry to 25 women in Waterloo. The program includes 28 weeks of in-class
training and a 10-week work placement.

         Contact information:
         Tanja Gancevich
         Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
         108 University Ave. E.
         Waterloo, ON N2J 2W2
         Tel.: 519-885-0300 ext. 252
         Fax: 519-884-8736
         Email: tanjag@conestogac.on.ca

    Toronto

    Ontario Industrial and Finishing Skills Centre will receive $173,212 to
deliver a painter-decorator training program to 20 women in Toronto. The
program includes 30 weeks of in-class training and a 10-week work placement.

         Contact information :
         Harry Lush
         Ontario Industrial and Finishing Skills Centre
         130 Toro Road
         Toronto, ON M3J 3M9
         Tel: 416-635-7300
         Fax: 416-635-9100
         Email: harry@oifsc.com

    Toronto

    Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning will receive $188,350
to deliver a horticulture training program to 25 women in Toronto. The program
includes 20 weeks of in-class training and a 10-week work placement.

         Contact information :
         Shayline Lyttle
         Community MicroSkills Development Centre
         1 Vulcan Street
         Etobicoke, ON
         M9W 1L3
         Tel: 416-247-7181 ext. 2213
         Fax: 416-247-1877
         Email: slyttle@microskills.ca


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For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Kupiec, Minister's Office, (416)
212-3394; Michel Payen-Dumont, Communications, (416) 314-7010

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