Ottawa invests in trades training for Aboriginal people in BC

June 28, 2011

Under the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Agreement, the province's Industry Training Authority (ITA) will distribute $2.2 million this year for trades training programs for Aboriginal people. First Nations and other agency providers will deliver training to approximately 350 participants in over 2 dozen communities in BC through ITA's Aboriginal Initiatives program. The BC government announced last week funding under the federal-provincial Labour Market Partnerships Program for an ITA research project to identify barriers that limit the success of Aboriginal people entering and completing skilled trades certification. Since 2006, Aboriginal participation in apprenticeship training in BC has risen by 118%. BC News Release