New federal funding promotes skilled trades

By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/11/2003

The federal government committed $12 million in new funding for a program promoting the skilled trades and is moving ahead with the creation of a Canadian Learning Institute to improve workplace learning.

The moves are part of Ottawa’s Innovation and Learning Strategy to improve the skill level of the Canadian workforce and stave off widely expected harmful shortages of skilled labour.

“The Government of Canada is committed to working with partners in the apprenticeship community to advance the goal… to double the number of Canadians completing apprenticeship programs within a 10-year period,” said Jane Stewart, Minister of Human Resources Development Canada, while announcing the funding for the Promoting Skilled Careers and Apprenticeship Trades project.