The Government of Canada is strengthening the skilled trades sector by investing in training
OTTAWA (ON), April 26, 2022 /CNW/ – Now more than ever, skilled tradespeople are in high demand to fill well-paying jobs and build rewarding careers. The most recent projections estimate that around 700,000 skilled workers are expected to retire between 2019 and 2028, creating an ever-increasing need to recruit and train thousands more. This is why the government of Canada is making targeted investments to create good jobs, grow our economy and build a Canada where no one is left behind.
Today, Irek Kusmierczyk, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, announced more than $7 million in funding for 29 projects under Stream 1 of the Trade union training and innovation program. The announcement was made on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough. These projects will help trade unions through Canada improving the quality of training through investments in equipment and materials leading to a more skilled, inclusive, certified and productive trades workforce.
Mr. Kusmierczyk made the announcement during his address to the from Canada Annual Conference of Building Trades Unions in Ottawa. The event drew a large audience, including provincial leaders, leaders in the construction and energy sectors, and business leaders.
In his speech, Mr Kusmierczyk spoke of the Government of from Canada support for skilled trades, including: new measures and funding under Budget 2022; student support; the transition to a low-carbon economy; modernization of the employment insurance program; and how the government will invest in the next generation of the workforce.
Budget 2022 invests to help apprentices from underrepresented groups, including women, newcomers, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and racialized Canadians, start and succeed in careers in the skilled trades through mentoring, career services and job matching. It also proposes to launch a new union-led advisory table that brings together unions and professional associations to advise the government on priority investments to help workers navigate the changing labor market, with particular emphasis on mid-career skilled workers in at-risk sectors and jobs.
To highlight the value of skilled workers and the wide range of supports available to build a successful and fulfilling career in the trades, the government launched an advertising campaign earlier this year to promote the skilled trades as careers of choice for young people and diverse populations. . The campaign website (Canada.ca/skilled-trades) provides Canadians with information on skilled trades, how to become a tradesperson and financial supports available to them during their training.
“Canada needs more skilled workers to build our homes, design new sustainable solutions and much more. This is exactly why we invest in our unions and our workers across the country. Canada, including several projects in Windsor-Tecumseh. When someone wants to become a carpenter, welder or contractor, we want to make sure they have the training they need, wherever they are, to do it. »
– Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Vocational Training and Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Irek Kusmierczyk
“There has never been a more exciting time to join the skilled trades. The demand is there, and we’re making sure the training and resources are there too. We work with partners like Canada’s Building Trades Unions to ensure that Canadians are not aware of the opportunities the skilled trades present, they are also ready and able to seize them. »
– Minister of Employment, Vocational Training and Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough
“from Canada The Building Trades Unions Applaud the Government of Canada for supporting skilled workers in Budget 2022. The Labor Mobility Tax Deduction for tradespeople is something we have been advocating for over two decades. It will help Canadian workers and their families get to where the work is, helping to meet the availability of labor across the country. The doubling of the Union’s training and innovation programme, which has already been extremely useful in its first years of operation, further supports training and education, ensuring that we are able to provide the work of tomorrow. We’re proud to celebrate these policies at our ‘Stronger Now’ conference, which talks about the challenges we’ve faced over the past few years and the strength of our workforce, which from Canada Infrastructure. from Canada Building Trades Unions knows that together we are stronger now than we have ever been.”
– Executive Director of from Canada building trade unions, Sean Strickland
- Budget 2022 measures to support tradespeople include:
- $84.2 million over four years to double funding for the Union Training and Innovation Program to help apprentices from underrepresented groups start and succeed in careers in the skilled trades through mentoring, career services and job shadowing jobs.
- The new Labor Mobility Deduction, which would grant tax recognition up to $4,000 per year in eligible travel and temporary relocation expenses for eligible tradespersons and apprentices. This measure would apply to the 2022 and subsequent taxation years.
- $2.5 million in 2022-2023 for Employment and Social Development Canada to launch a new union-led advisory table that brings together unions and professional associations. The table will advise the government on how to help workers navigate the changing labor market, with a particular focus on mid-career skilled workers in at-risk sectors and jobs.
- The government of Canada invests close to $1 billion annually in support of learning through grants, loans, tax credits, Employment Insurance benefits during in-school training, project funding, and support for the Red Seal program. Announced in Budget 2019, the Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy will strengthen existing apprenticeship supports and programs by helping apprentices and key apprenticeship stakeholders, including employers, participate and succeed in the skilled trades .
- According to the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, meeting the demand for qualified journeypersons in Red Seal trades will require hiring an average of about 75,000 new apprentices per year over the next five years. The main occupations most likely not to meet demand are welders, industrial (millwright) mechanics, masons, boilermakers, cooks and hairdressers.
- According to BuildForce Canada, the construction industry needs to recruit 309,000 new workers over the next decade (2021 to 2030), mainly due to the expected retirement of 259,100 workers (22% of the workforce current work).
- In Canada, young women continue to be less likely to express interest in a career in the skilled trades. According to a survey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, only 2% of 15-year-old female students said they would definitely consider pursuing a career in the skilled trades.
- the from Canada Building trades unions are the national voice of more than half a million Canadian construction workers who are members of 14 international unions and work in more than 60 different trades and occupations.
Backgrounder: Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP)
Union Education and Innovation Program
Support for apprentices
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: For media enquiries, please contact: Jane Deeks, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister for Jobs, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, [email protected]; Kate Walsh, Director of Communications, Canada’s Building Trades Unions, [email protected], 613-298-0652; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]