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The Canadian government took a significant step to increasing participation in apprenticeship training last month with more than $75 million in budget commitments over the next five years.  These commitments have the potential to support long-term gains for the labour force in Canada. There are many details around implementation, funding and timelines still to be worked out, but it is a step in the right direction. 

The 2018 budget also attempts to address the lack of women that choose a skilled trade as a career path.  For example, in 2018, there are 50,000 women employed in construction compared to over one million men. 

The budget will allocate $19.9 million over the next five years to pilot an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women.  The grant will ensure women in Red Seal trades will receive $3000.00 for each of their first two years of training up to $6000.00.  This is in addition to existing Apprenticeship Completion Grand value at $2000.00, resulting in the potential for $8000.00 in support over the course of their training.

“HRAI applauds the federal government for making apprenticeship and women in trades a priority in the 2018 budget”, stated HRAI President Warren Heeley.  “These issues are of significant importance to HRAI’s strategic objectives and the future of the industry.”

For more information, contact Scott Papp at spapp@hrai.ca  or 1-800-267-2231 ext 233.