Federal and Provincial Government Support to Establish Training Centre in Greenstone
Funding to Encourage Training and Skills Development in Northwestern Ontario
FedNor Minister Greg Rickford and Ontario Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle were in Greenstone today to announce $3.5 million in funding to help address regional labour needs and realize employment opportunities.
The Government of Canada and the Ontario Government will each invest $1,750,000 to enable the Geraldton Community Forest (GCF) to build a regional skills training centre at the Greenstone airport. The facility, which will serve as a hub for regional labour force training opportunities, will house 10 training rooms, a series of meeting rooms, a computer lab and offices. GCF is a not-for-profit organization whose goals include creating employment opportunities that support the local economy.
Identified as a regional priority, this strategic initiative is expected to create or retain 27 jobs, as well as another 30 construction jobs.
- Once complete, this 13,500-square-foot facility owned and operated by GCF, will serve as a centre for training and skills development in the region and assist in realizing employment opportunities from the Ring of Fire and other resource development activity in the area.
- The Government of Canada funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP), which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
- Ontario is supporting this project through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). With a focus on jobs and the economy the NOHFC is a key driver of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, designed to build on the North’s key existing and emerging sectors.
“Our government is committed to equipping Canadians with the right skills to capitalize on job opportunities created by economic growth in their regions. By establishing a regional skills centre right here in Greenstone, we’re helping people in Northern Ontario access jobs in the construction, mining and forestry industries, and making sure they have the right skill set to respond to these new market demands to further strengthen economic growth and ensure the long-term sustainable prosperity of our communities.”
The Honourable Greg Rickford
“I’m incredibly pleased our government is supporting such a tremendous facility right here in Greenstone. We are seeing exciting new economic development opportunities in the northwest; mineral exploration activity is increasing and a number of new mine developments are set to come online in the next few years, boosting the regional economy and creating jobs. It’s crucial that we build a workforce that can meet both the demand and skills required, not only for the mining industry but across all sectors, including emerging sectors, all key to supporting a strong and diverse northern economy.”
The Honourable Michael Gravelle
“Given our relative proximity to the Ring of Fire, this facility will help us meet the labour force needs right here in our own region while accommodating external training program providers. Ultimately, by enhancing the skills of area residents, it will make it easier for businesses to establish or expand their operations and create jobs in this region.”
“This project to be undertaken by Geraldton Community Forest is a priority for the region. The centre will address labour market demands while the trainee traffic it generates will benefit the businesses in town.”
Renald Y Beaulieu