The government has announced a $675,000 award to the Aboriginal Human Resources Council. The goal is to improve information about 125 employment projects with 500 aboriginal communities.
In recent years, most new jobs among the aboriginals have been in the construction, mining, and oil and gas industries. Aboriginal communities located near these major Canadian economic projects can therefore take advantage of local economic opportunities, according to Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
Creating jobs and promoting economic growth
Financed under the Sectoral Initiatives Program, the project for information improvement aims to harmonize job supply and demand in the North among aboriginal communities, in the construction and mining industries. It will be a first step to establishing an overview of current and future demand for workers. It will lead to decisions regarding skills and training for employers and Aboriginals.
This investment is an example of measures put in place to improve information on the Canadian labour market. To date, funding has been allocated to 29 projects addressing shortages of manpower and skills imbalances in 22 economic sectors.