About the Union Training and Innovation Program

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

The Union Training and Innovation Program (UTIP) supports:

  • Apprenticeship training
  • Innovation
  • Partnerships in the Red Seal trades across Canada

The program provides $25 million annually through two streams of funding:

  • Stream 1 - Investments in Training Equipment:
    • Supports the purchase of equipment and materials needed to train workers in the Red Seal trades
    • Project must be union-led
  • Stream 2 - Innovation in Apprenticeship:
    • Supports innovative approaches to address apprenticeship challenges; and
    • Supports partnerships between organizations
    • Union involvement is required in the project

The UTIP’s objective is to improve the quality of training in the skilled trades enabling a more skilled, certified and productive workforce.

The Program also aims to improve the participation of key groups in the skilled trades to have a more inclusive workforce. The Program targets key groups, for example:

  • Women
  • Indigenous people
  • Newcomers
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Visible minorities

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