ATINEAU, QUE. — The federal government has announced a call for proposals for its new Union Training and Innovation Program and encouraged unions and other organizations in the skilled trades to apply for funding.
Rodger Cuzner, parliamentary secretary to the minister of employment, workforce development and labour, issued the call through the Union Training and Innovation Program on July 24, noted a media statement.
Through the program, successful applicants will receive financial support to purchase training equipment and materials to permit training on jobsites. Successful applicants will also receive funding to support programs to encourage women and indigenous people who want to enter the skilled trades.
The call for proposals will remain open for six weeks, with a closing date of Sept. 5.
Since its inception in January 2015, more than 43,000 Canada Apprentice Loans totalling over $166 million have been provided to apprentices.
The Union Training and Innovation Program, which was announced in Budget 2016, will target the Red Seal trades. It’s open to all unions, including those that do not provide training recognized by provinces and territories as technical apprenticeship training, and those that do not operate training facilities, the statement explained.
Quebec organizations are not eligible to apply for funding, the statement said, with negotiations continuing to devise a different plan that recognizes Quebec’s unique apprenticeship system.