The Government of Canada invests in the training of workers and job seekers in the aerospace sector

Canada Employment and Social Development Press Release | November 8, 2022

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The Canadian economy has made great strides toward recovery from the pandemic, having reached historically low unemployment rates. However, significant skills and labor shortages continue to affect many sectors and investments in training are needed to rebuild a strong and resilient workforce that can meet the demands of today’s economy. Each sector of our economy is unique and often requires tailored approaches to workforce solutions and skills development to remain adaptable and responsive to the changing job market.

Today, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, Helena Jaczek, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced that the Government of Canada is providing more than $39 million under the Industry solutions for workforce (SWSP) to the Canadian Aviation and Aerospace Council’s (CCAA) industry-led training project for the aviation and aerospace sector. This investment will support the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a new technical training and certification system for key occupations in the aerospace industry. Up to 900 new and current aerospace workers in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia will benefit from this investment.

This project will produce more than 2,000 hours of new digitized training content that will give employers the tools to provide on-the-job training to workers, from entry-level to full certification, the first of its kind in Canada. It will allow employers to use the university education system, providing another avenue for workers to enter the aerospace sector. This investment will also provide wage subsidies to support on-the-job training and wraparound supports, such as funding for childcare and transportation, to help workers overcome barriers, including indigenous peoples, newcomers, people with disabilities, Canadians of color, women, and 2SLGBTQI+ people.

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First announced in Budget 2021, the SWSP helps key sectors of the economy implement solutions to address their current and emerging workforce needs by funding organizations to deliver projects that focus on a variety of industry-driven activities. These include training and retraining workers, helping employers retain and attract a skilled and diverse workforce, and other creative solutions to help sectors address labor market needs. It will also support groups that deserve equity by promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce and providing comprehensive support as needed for those facing barriers to participation.

Quotes

“The labor market is rapidly growing and evolving, outstripping the ability of employers to find workers. Through our Workforce Solutions Sector Program, we are addressing labor shortages in key sectors, such as aviation and aerospace, ensuring that all Canadians, including women, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, Canadians of color and other marginalized people, have the skills they need. to take advantage of emerging job opportunities in this innovative field. We are investing in the Canadian Aviation and Aerospace Council so they can continue to provide targeted support to Canadians across the country with unique, high-quality training that will help them land great jobs in aerospace.”

– Minister for Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

“Canada’s aerospace sector is a strong driver of innovation in research and development. Our government is committed to continuing to work in partnership with industry to meet our defense, research and transportation needs, while ensuring that our acquisitions support aerospace job creation and the participation of underrepresented groups for years to come.” .

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– Minister of Public Services and Contracting, Helena Jaczek

“Our government funding for the Canadian Aviation and Aerospace Council will help make training more accessible and facilitate upskilling for employees in the aviation and aerospace industry, supporting a future-ready workforce in the future. transportation sector and helping the Canadian aviation sector make a strong recovery from the impacts of the pandemic.”

– Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra

“Over the last few years, we have made significant investments to make Canada the green supplier of choice in the aerospace industry. Today’s announcement will help secure the necessary workforce and expertise for decades to come.”

– Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, François-Philippe Champagne

“This funding will make a significant contribution to addressing critical labor and skills shortages in the aviation and aerospace industries. The Industry Led Training Program will provide employers with a system to train new hires who have no prior experience or formal education. It will also be an important tool for upskilling the existing workforce.”

– Robert Donald, Executive Director, Canadian Aviation and Aerospace Council

“Addressing critical labor shortages to ensure we have the workforce now and in the future is crucial. The continued success of Canada’s aerospace industry is based on the strength of its highly-skilled workforce. This announcement in support of Industry Led Training is an important initiative to ensure we are supporting workers and the industry.”

– Mike Mueller, President and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada

Fast facts

  • As of fall 2022, Canadian employers were looking to fill more than 1 million open positions. A significant number of vacancies (243,400) are in the professional, scientific, technical, construction and manufacturing sectors, which were already out of supply before the pandemic
  • An aging population and declining participation are anticipated to exacerbate labor shortages in the long run, with 600,000 workers set to retire in the next three years.
  • By 2028, the Canadian Aviation and Aerospace Council estimates that the aviation and aerospace industry will need an additional 58,000 workers in key skilled occupations.
  • First announced in Budget 2021, the Government of Canada will invest up to $629.4 million over two years, beginning in 2022-23, through the new Workforce Solutions Sector Program, which will help workers and employers by supporting solutions to address current and emerging workforce needs. in key sectors, including:
    • building talent for canada’s clean economy
    • support the needs of workers and employers most affected by the pandemic
    • address the challenges facing in-demand healthcare occupations
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This press release was prepared and distributed by Employment and Social Development Canada