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February 13, 2015 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Western Economic Diversification Canada

Aboriginal people interested in careers in the trades in Saskatchewan will benefit from increased apprenticeship opportunities thanks to a $3.1 million investment announced today by Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

The Government of Canada’s support of Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment (GDIT&E) will help train 150 new Aboriginal apprentices in trades experiencing a shortage of skilled workers, as identified by local industry and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission.  These trades include boilermakers, bricklayers, construction craft labourers, ironworkers, machinists, automotive technicians, power line technicians, electricians, plumbers and others.

Apprenticeships will provide Aboriginal people with valuable on-the-job experience to help bridge the gap between skills training and steady employment.  In addition to providing the skilled workers needed by employers across Saskatchewan, this investment will also help Aboriginal students find employment within their communities.

Quick Facts

  • In January, 2014, Employment and Social Development Canada reported that the overall unemployment rate in Saskatchewan was 3.9 per cent, while the unemployment rate within the province’s Aboriginal population was 10.9 per cent.
  • GDIT&E was established in 2006 to provide Métis in Saskatchewan with training and employment services, and receives core funding from Service Canada to deliver the multi-year Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy for Métis clients.


"Our Government is pleased to invest in trade apprenticeship opportunities for Aboriginal peoples through the Gabriel Dumont Institute. This program helps address the need for qualified individuals across a wide variety of in-demand trades, while also helping to bridge the gap from skills training to employment for Aboriginal peoples. With our support, more individuals will be able to benefit from the economic opportunities available to skilled trades."

- Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar

"I would like to thank the Government of Canada for the support. The new funding will enable us to partner with businesses across Saskatchewan to take on more Aboriginal apprentices who will have opportunities to acquire marketable skills and get well-paying jobs; and the province will be able to reduce its skilled labour shortage."

- Glenn Lafleur, Vice Chair, Gabriel Dumont

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Joanne Mysak
Manager, Communications
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 306-975-5942

Lisa Wilson
Gabriel Dumont Institute Training & Employment
Telephone: 306-657-2249

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