Government of Canada Invests $4.8M in United Brotherhood of Carpenters’ New Apprenticeship Program

WOODBRIDGE, ON, March 19, 2024 – The Government of Canada has announced a significant $4.8 million investment in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) for its Apprenticeship Integration & Development Program (AID), aiming to bolster apprenticeship training in the skilled construction trades. This initiative is part of the Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy, reflecting a commitment to enhancing the skilled workforce.

Developed by the UBC Canadian District, the AID program is designed to increase apprenticeship completion and retention rates. Minister Randy Boissonnault highlighted the initiative’s importance for fostering a diverse and sustainable economy, especially in tackling the housing crisis and advancing the green economy.

The program will offer a comprehensive onboarding process for new apprentices, financial support for those from equity-deserving groups, and an on-the-job training component to fill skill gaps. Additionally, employer training will focus on cultural sensitivities and biases.

At the heart of the AID program is a mentorship initiative, with Mentorship Coordinators working across UBC’s Regional Councils to match apprentices with experienced mentors, promoting a culture of support and inclusivity.

Jason Rowe, Vice President of the UBC Canadian District, emphasized the program’s broader goals: “In addressing Canada’s growing skilled labour shortage within the Red Seal Trades, the UBCJA is committed to creating a pathway of opportunity. Our comprehensive onboarding program for new entry apprentices aims not only to meet the demand for skilled workers but also to champion inclusivity and diversity in the trades.”

This investment signals a major advancement in the collaboration between the Government of Canada and UBC, focusing on creating a more inclusive, skilled, and diversified workforce in the trades sector.

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