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February 10, 2015 – Merritt, British Columbia – Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT), Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan—Coquihalla, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced over $1.75 million in funding to support training for skilled trades.

This investment, provided through the Western Diversification Program, will be used by NVIT to purchase a mobile trailer used to deliver the Bridging to Trades program in Aboriginal communities across British Columbia, and to purchase related equipment and software used to equip the trailer and the school’s Merritt campus.

With continued growth expected in skilled trades across Western Canada, there is high-demand for trades training programs. As a result of this investment, NVIT will be able to train an additional 70 to 80 students annually, and expand program delivery to an additional three to four Aboriginal communities.

Quick Facts

  • The Bridging to Trades program at NVIT prepares students for pre-apprenticeship programs at trades schools. In addition to providing hands-on experience in a variety of trades, the program teaches employment skills and workplace safety.
  • By the year 2020, B.C. is expected to have 282,400 jobs in skilled trades.
  • NVIT grounds its educational programming in Aboriginal culture and traditions.


“We are proud to work with the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in helping create a strong and successful workforce in the growing trades industry. By facilitating access to the tools needed to provide educational opportunities to an increased number of individuals, our Government is working to create jobs and ensure the continued prosperity of Western Canada.”

- Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan—Coquihalla

“Western Economic Diversification Canada’s investment in B.C.’s Aboriginal public post-secondary institute supports NVIT’s efforts to provide trades training to Aboriginal students across British Columbia. With the increasing demand for skilled trades workers across B.C., NVIT is excited to have the opportunity to address skills gaps by further extending training opportunities to remote and rural communities.”

- Ken Tourand, President, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

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Janet Chen
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Vancouver, British Columbia
Telephone: 604-314-9504

Kylie Thomas
Director of Students and Registrar
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
Merritt, British Columbia
Telephone: 250-378-3347

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