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SAINT JOHN, NB, March 13, 2019 /CNW/ – As the economy grows, so do opportunities for employment. Giving every Canadian a real and fair chance at success means helping them get the skills and training they need to succeed in a changing economy. The skilled trades are good, well-paying jobs, and the Government of Canada is committed to supporting key groups, such as Indigenous people, women, newcomers and those with disabilities, to work in the skilled trades through funding for projects led by unions and other organizations.

That is why today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Government of Canada is providing funding of $1,039,216 to MAP Strategic Workforce Services Inc. (MAPSWS) for its First in Trades program.

In collaboration with its program partners, the New Brunswick Building Trades Unions and Joint Economic Development Initiative, MAPSWS endeavours to increase New Brunswick union diversity through Indigenous recruitment within the 14 affiliate unions of the New Brunswick Building Trades Unions. By opening 18 to 20 Indigenous apprenticeship positions within these unions and establishing an Indigenous New Brunswick construction sector support model—intended to increase participation by both female and male Indigenous apprentices, as well as increase program progression and completion rates for the Indigenous apprentices—the First in Trades program will help establish and refine effective workplace strategies and cultural requirements within the New Brunswick construction sector that will help sustain increased Indigenous participation well into the future.

As Canada’s economy continues to grow and create skilled trade jobs, the Government is committed to ensuring that all Canadians share in and benefit from this success.


"Canada’s future success depends on building an economy that is as inclusive as it is innovative. That’s why our government is investing in this project that will help Indigenous apprentices in New Brunswick, and especially those who face additional barriers, to participate, succeed and start exciting and well-paying careers in the skilled trades."
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

"The retirement transition in Canada’s construction skilled trades workforce represents a significant opportunity to diversify and be more inclusive, as well as increase union density, which represents a higher standard of living for construction journeypersons and apprentices alike. The First in Trades Program will help Indigenous workers benefit from the mentorship and training that unions and other training organizations are so well equipped to offer. Through this project , our government is building stronger communities and building capacity within New Brunswick’s Indigenous communities."
– Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John–Rothesay

"According to BuildForce Canada, 254,800 highly experienced construction skilled trades workers will retire in Canada over the next 10 years, with 7,400 construction workers expected to retire in New Brunswick alone. With a limited number of entrants expected to be locally available, the industry will likely need to recruit additional workers from outside the local market. We are excited to have MAP Strategic Workforce Services lead the First in Trades program, break down barriers, open up opportunities, provide meaningful mentorship and training opportunities for New Brunswick’s Indigenous people, and increase Indigenous membership in the New Brunswick Building Trades Unions."
– Hélène Savoie-Louis, Director, MAP Strategic Workforce Services Inc.

Quick Facts The Indigenous population is young and the fastest growing in Canada. Over the next decade, about 400,000 young Indigenous people are expected to join the Indigenous working-age population. For the same time period, the Indigenous labour force aged 25 to 64 will grow four times more than the non-Indigenous labour […]

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