Skills Development

An engaged and skilled northern workforce is key to advancing economic development and building prosperous northern communities. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that Northerners benefit from and participate in the tremendous opportunities available across the three territories. CanNor plays a lead role, in collaboration with its partners and stakeholders to ensure that Northerners have the skills and training necessary to take part in the new economy.

CanNor invests in capacity and skills development through a variety of programs and services:

The Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining's (CNIM) mobile trades training trailer will provide pre-apprenticeship training to high school students and adult students in communities across Yukon.

The Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) contribution program provides support for educational institutions that train individuals and organizations; the development of certification standards, curriculum and materials; industry organizations to strengthen their capacity, small and medium enterprises, communities and organizations/associations to access expert advice/training in economic development.

The Northern Adult Basic Education Program (NABEP), delivered through the northern colleges, assists adults in achieving sufficient levels of literacy, numeracy and other essential skills to obtain a job or benefit from occupational training. This program addresses the unique challenges faced by Northerners to ensure that they have improved access to training and are better positioned to participate in the labour market.

CanNor's Northern Aboriginal Economic Opportunities Program (NAEOP) is intended to increase the participation of northern Aboriginal communities and businesses in economic opportunities. In partnership with other federal departments, CanNor collaborates with territorial and Aboriginal governments to support Aboriginal skills development in the North.

CanNor is supporting the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM) at Yukon College.

CNIM will provide a state-of-the-art education, training and research facility for people looking to begin a career in the mining industry as well as for those who want to improve their skills. Through the Centre, thousands of Yukoners and Northerners will have access to accredited career training opportunities. With this training, Northerners will have improved access to high quality skilled trades jobs to meet workforce demand in the growing resource development and exploration sector.

Contact Us to find out more about how CanNor supports skills development in Canada's North.

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