WINNIPEG, April 25, 2019 /CNW/ - Indigenous Peoples represent the fastest-growing segment of the Canadian population and are an important part of Canada's economic prosperity. Indigenous youth and young new Canadians represent a significant component of the future workforce in Winnipeg.
Today, Kevin Lamoureux, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), announced $211,750 in funding toward the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association Inc. (WASAC) to support Indigenous and youth skills development in Winnipeg.
The economic benefits of this program include preparing 120 young people to join the workforce and the creation of 100 jobs for Indigenous and new Canadian youth.
Canada's Innovation and Skills Plan aims to build an economy in which Canadians have access to high-quality jobs and Canadian businesses are well-placed to participate in a rapidly evolving and competitive global marketplace.
"Our government is laying the foundation for Canadians to become more competitive and succeed in the global economy. Today's investment in the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association builds on our competitive advantages and will result in preparing young people to join the workforce, boosting economic growth, and creating good, middle-class jobs for Canadians."
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada
"The Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association does excellent work. I am pleased the government is supporting this project. It brings business and community leaders together with young people to grow the next generation of workers and leaders."
- Kevin Lamoureux, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North
"Through the #YouthCEO partnership, Manitoba companies are opening up the doors for opportunity for the young people we work with and helping them find belonging and to know they are valued"
- Trevor LaForte, Executive Director WASAC
- Western Economic Diversification Canada
- Innovation and Skills Plan
- Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Association Inc. (WASAC)
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SOURCE Western Economic Diversification Canada
For further information: Nathalie Leroux, Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 204-984-8472, [email protected]; Trevor LeForte, Executive Director, Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre, 204-589-2772, [email protected]