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February 10, 2015 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $935,000 to support the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) to provide Computer Numerical Control (CNC) skills training for Aboriginal students.

This investment, through the Western Diversification Program, will make it possible for CAHRD to purchase the equipment necessary to deliver "state-of-the art" CNC Operator training designed to meet an emerging labour market shortage specific to the manufacturing and aerospace sectors. CAHRD is collaborating with industry to develop and deliver the training allowing graduates to immediately enter the workforce.

Located in Neeginan College of Applied Technology, the training arm of CAHRD, the program is the first direct, comprehensive CNC Operator training program in Manitoba. CAHRD is collaborating with Monarch Industries to integrate production of manufactured parts as a component of the training and to host students for their work experience.

Quick Facts

  • The program trains operators to utilize CNC machines to precision drill, cut and shape steel and aluminum for use in various manufacturing processes.
  • Manufacturing is Manitoba’s largest industrial sector. It accounts for approximately
    11 per cent of the GDP and directly employs about 1 in 8 Manitobans.
  • An estimated 5,300 people are directly employed in the aerospace sector in Manitoba.
  • By 2031 between 18 and 21 per cent of the population in Manitoba is projected to be Aboriginal, up from close to 16 per cent in 2006. This growing population represents an important pool of labour.
  • Neeginan College of Applied Technology, the post-secondary arm of CAHRD, offers certified trades training. Each year, close to 1200 Neeginan graduates find employment.


“Our government remains committed to creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians. Support for this unique initiative will increase economic opportunities for Aboriginal people as well as meet a labour market shortage in Manitoba’s manufacturing and aerospace sectors.”

- Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"CAHRD is very excited to be receiving this funding from Western Economic Diversification Canada for our CNC program. CAHRD has always focused on providing training and employment to the Aboriginal community of Winnipeg and meeting labour market needs. This program, and the state-of-the-art equipment, will help CAHRD to meet a direct labour shortage in the manufacturing sector. We'd also like to thank Monarch Industries for being an important partner in this program by providing our trainees with a work practicum leading to employment."

- Marileen Bartlett, Executive Director, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD)

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Emily Goucher
Office of the Minister
Western Economic Diversification
Telephone: 613-954-8097

Heather Ranville
Executive Assistant
Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD)
Telephone: 204-989-7111

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