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Government of Canada Helps Indigenous Youth

Government of Canada Helps Indigenous Youth Across Southern Ontario – A strong economy depends on a strong middle class where everybody has a real and fair chance to succeed. Indigenous peoples represent the youngest and fastest-growing segment of Canada’s population, yet they continue to be underrepresented in Canada’s workforce.

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That’s why, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour and, Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre, announced a combined $8 million in federal funding to the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB). The NPAAMB’s two innovative projects will provide essential skills and job training opportunities to over 260 Indigenous youth across southern Ontario.

The NPAAMB will receive approximately $3 million through the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program (ALLESP) for their four year project – Journey to Success – Essential Skills in the workplace for Indigenous Youth. In partnership with Niagara College, NPAAMB’s Journey to Success project will offer 112 Indigenous learners an in-classroom opportunity to learn key cultural competencies, essential and employability skills. This focused training will also offer Indigenous youth with paid work placements in high demand sectors such as tourism, hospitality and the building trades.


The NPAAMB will also receive over $5 million in federal funding through the Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF) – Innovation stream to support their Building Futures for Aboriginal Youth project, from 2017 to 2021. The Building Futures project will help 150 Indigenous youth across southern Ontario get focused skills training in the areas of building and construction. NPAAMB, in collaboration with its partners, the YMCA Niagara, the YMCA Ontario Employment Youth and the Habitat for Humanity, will provide participants with the opportunity to build up to fifteen affordable homes for families in need across southern Ontario.

The announcement is one way in which the Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to break down barriers for Indigenous people in Canada’s workforce. The Government is investing $2 billion over five years and over $400 million per year ongoing to create a new Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program that will help address employment gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Through additional programs including Student Work Placements and Canada Summer Jobs, the Government is also prioritizing high-quality paid work experience for Indigenous students.

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