New program prepares Aboriginals, northern Ontarians for resource jobs

Eligible projects must involve collaboration between industry and northern communities

A new skills training program will help northern Ontarians and Aboriginal people get the training they need to benefit from new resource development jobs in Ontario's north.

The Ontario government's Northern Training Partnership Fund will provide northern communities with better access to skills training opportunities that will lead to jobs in resource-related sectors, including energy, mining and forestry.

"We are providing project-based skills training for First Nation and M├ętis peoples and northern Ontarians so they can acquire workplace skills for existing or emerging jobs. This is an excellent opportunity for all in the North to benefit from resource-related activities," said Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Chris Bentley.

Applications for the program are available online. Eligible projects must involve a collaboration between industry and Aboriginal or northern communities or organizations. This will ensure that northerners benefit from the opportunities provided by projects such as the Ring of Fire and other innovative technologies.

The Northern Training Partnership Fund is a three-year, $45-million initiative announced in the 2010 Budget.

As part of this fund, $2 million per year is being invested for skills training needs related to far north land use planning being managed by the Ministry of Natural Resources.

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