Canadian Building Trades Union Applauds Trudeau Government for Focusing on Construction Trades

OTTAWA, Feb. 28, 2018 /CNW/ – The Canadian Building Trades Union applauds the Trudeau Government’s third budget as it supports many important initiatives with the construction trade sector.

“When the Finance Minister began his speech by talking about Joan the Plumber and her path towards entering that trade, I knew that the government has been listening to us,” said Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer for the Canadian Building Trades Union.

The Finance Minister wants to encourage women to pursue careers in male-dominated Red Seal trades, and to ensure that women are increasingly able to model leadership to other aspiring female tradespeople. Therefore, the Federal Government is allocating $19.9 million over five years to pilot an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women. Under the Grant, women would receive $3,000 for each of their first two years of training. Along with the existing Apprenticeship Completion Grant of $2,000, women are now eligible to receive up to $8,000 in grants.

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