Call for proposals for new Union Training and Innovation Program launched today

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Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for funding to support apprentices in completing their training 

July 24, 2017                Gatineau, Quebec             Employment and Social Development Canada 

Supporting the next generation of apprentices and tradespeople—particularly women and Indigenous people—depends on high-quality apprenticeship training systems, like union-based training centres. 

Today, Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced the launch of the call for proposals for the new Union Training and Innovation Program and encouraged unions and other organizations in the skilled trades to apply for funding. 

Through the Union Training and Innovation Program, successful applicants will receive financial support to purchase up-to-date training equipment and materials so workers can get the skills they need on the job site. Successful applicants will also receive funding to support approaches that will break down barriers facing women and Indigenous people who want to enter the skilled trades.


“Our government is helping the next generation of tradespeople and apprentices get the skills and training they need to succeed. When we ensure that underrepresented groups—including women and Indigenous people—can develop their skills and find good jobs, our middle class is stronger and our economy thrives.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“The Union Training and Innovation Program will help new generations of workers benefit from the mentorship and training that unions are so well equipped to offer. By supporting this project, our government is helping groups such as women and Indigenous people build successful careers in the skilled trades.”
– Rodger Cuzner, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick Facts

  • The call for proposals will remain open for six weeks, with a closing date of September 5, 2017.

  • Since its inception in January 2015, more than 43,000 Canada Apprentice Loans totalling over $166 million have been provided to apprentices.

  • Over 716,000 apprenticeship grants have been provided to apprentices since their introduction. This includes close to 518,000 Apprenticeship Incentive Grants and almost 199,000 Apprenticeship Completion Grants and represents more than $915 million in funding.

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