Monthly Archive:: October 2014

Preparing for the launch of Express Entry

Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander was in Regina this October to deliver the keynote address at the SkilledMigration human resources conference. Alexander spoke to human resources professionals from across Canada about how, with the launch of Express Entry in 2015, Canada will be able to attract skilled immigrants who are most likely to

Canada Job Grant launches in BC

British Columbia is the latest province to officially launch the federal government’s Canada Job Grant program. On October 24, Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, joined Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the BC Minister responsible for Labour, to green-light the initiative which provides crucial funding for skills training

Parents continue to favour university over skilled trades training

More than half of parents favour university as a post-secondary option and one in four believe the trades are for weak students, according to a report released by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA).

CRCA reminders: Applications for the Roofing Canada Award and CRCA scholarship closing soon

The deadlines are drawing near for applications to CRCA’s Roofing Canada award and its 2014 Jacques Chevalier Scholarships. Apply now to take advantage of these exclusive industry opportunities.

BC’s Industry Training Authority releases guide for employing women in trades

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) has released an unique resource for trades employers, entitled Leveling The Field – A Best Practices Guide to Employing Women in the Trades. The publication was created to help employers with their overall hiring practices by creating a positive work environment for new apprentices, and also serve as a tool

Grey area – Roof colour is just one factor to consider

In his latest column, Roofing Contractor editorial director Rick Damato muses on the cool roofing revolution and the concept of roofing colours.

Governments of Canada and Alberta launch the Canada Job Grant

Honorable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and Honorable Ric McIver, Alberta Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour, announced on October 9th that Alberta is now accepting employer applications for the Canada Job Grant.

Erasing the stigma of the trades

The trades are evolving. Perceptions are changing. Where once a career in the trades may have been written off by students pursuing a “higher purpose”, now the workforce is starting to realize that path is far more rewarding and challenging than ever before. Join writer Genna Buck as she explores this trend, and more, in

Toronto’s green roofs held back by city bylaw

A report by the Torontoist suggests Toronto is failing to reap the full rewards of green roof development within the city’s borders. That is, while Toronto is expected to install upwards of 200,000 square metres in green roofing over the next few years, the existence of a bylaw barring the growth of most food plants

First recipient of Canada Job Grant revealed

Oxygen Technical Services Limited, an information technology service provider in Winnipeg, Manitoba, will be the first to receive training funds from the Canada Job Grant program.