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Aboriginal Association Builds Trades Training Facility

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Aboriginal Association Builds Trades Training Facility

McGuinty Government Invests In Worker Training In Sioux Lookout

Ontario is supporting skills development for Aboriginal people pursuing careers in Northwestern Ontario's construction industry.

A $1-million investment from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is helping the Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board retrofit a large retail space into a trades training facility.  This new infrastructure project will provide a number of benefits to the local economy, including 10 new jobs.

Featuring three classrooms, a computer training lab and a workshop, the new centre will offer training in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and mechanical trades to members of 30 Aboriginal communities in Northwestern Ontario. 

Quick Facts

  • A recent survey of public and private sector employees highlighted a shortage of skilled trades workers in the Northwest and showed that members of remote First Nations find it difficult to travel to larger urban centres for training.
  • The Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board was established in1991 to address the employment and training needs of Aboriginal communities in Northwestern Ontario, including 21 remote First Nations accessible only by air or winter road.

Additional Resources


“By investing in this centre, we are providing a modern training facility where northern Aboriginal workers will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to find a good job closer to home.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines

“Providing access to a wider range of education and training opportunities in more remote communities will benefit Aboriginal youth, enhancing their ability to contribute to the workforce that drives modern business and industry.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs



Rural and North Aboriginal People