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First Notice: funding helps educate students on skilled trades; CCA, BDO host ‘everyday innovation’ webinar; aluminum sector gets funding boost

First Notice: funding helps educate students on skilled trades; CCA, BDO host ‘everyday innovation’ webinar; aluminum sector gets funding boost


Ontario invests in plan to help students learn about the trades

The province is investing nearly $440,000 to help more than 2,000 high school students learn about skilled trades and technology careers. The project, led by not-for-profit Junior Achievement, aims to address the shortage of workers in jobs like electrician, plumber, carpenter, computer analyst and software developer. Free activities and events will be offered virtually and in-person for high school students aged 15 to 18, including a provincewide virtual fair in October, a 50-hour training program from July 2021 to March 2022 for 800 students, and a provincewide virtual event in March 2022 for hundreds of youth to demonstrate their new skills and connect with local industry mentors.


CCA, BDO host webinar on innovation

On June 9 the Canadian Construction Association and BDO are hosting a webinar on “How to Foster ‘Everyday Innovation’ in Your Organization Using Design Thinking.” The second webinar in a series will provide “practical insights and takeaways to enable you to creatively solve everyday operational challenges that your organization is faced with.” The webinar beings at 2 p.m. EST. For more information or to register click here.


Sports and rec announcement in Quebec

An announcement concerning recreational and sports infrastructure in the Montérégie region of Quebec is set to get underway today at 11 a.m. The MP for Châteauguay-Lacolle Brenda Shanahan and the Minister for Education and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Isabelle Charest will make the announcement.


Feds invest in energy efficiency in Canadian aluminum sector

Seamus O’Regan Jr., minister of natural resources, yesterday announced a $40,000 investment to Alcoa Canada for an energy information system that will help enable the aluminum producer to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions at its Deschambault aluminum smelter. Alcoa, together with Quebec natural gas distributer Énergir, also contributed to the project, bringing the total to $350,000. The funding enabled the Deschambault smelter to obtain their ISO 50001:2018 certification. With this standard, the smelter commits to reducing its impact on the climate, conserving energy resources and improving its results through the efficient management of all forms of energy, explains a release.

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