Canadian Manufacturing

Feds invest in supports for apprentices to complete training and find work in skilled trades

Eligible organizations have until August 28 to apply for funding

July 6, 2020  by CM Staff

GATINEAU, Que. — On July 3, the government of Canada announced that they will be investing $40 million over three years in the Union Training and Innovation Program and has launched two calls for proposals.

Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for funding through two streams: Stream 1: Investments in Training Equipment; and Stream 2: Innovation in Apprenticeship.

“Skilled tradespeople are a key component of Canada’s workforce. Their work is critical to several essential sectors during the pandemic, and they will continue to support the Canadian economy as it moves towards economic recovery,” said Carla Qualtrough, minister of employment, workforce development and disability inclusion in a prepared statement. “This investment will help Canadians get the training they need to start exciting and well-paying careers in the trades.”

According to the statement, eligible projects will help unions across Canada improve training through investments in equipment and materials and support innovation and partnerships to address challenges faced by apprentices.

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The program is expected to help reduce barriers to participation and success in the trades among under–represented groups such as women, newcomers, persons with disabilities and visible minorities including Black Canadians.