September 26, 2005

Federal funding will strengthen Canadian environment sector expertise

NORTH BAY, ONT-Careers in the environmental sector are being given added encouragement through federal government funding to be provided under its Sector Council program, delivered through the department of Human Resources and Skills Development. More than $3.7 million is being allocated to the program to promote a skilled work force in the wood manufacturing, mining and seafood, as well as the environment sectors. The funding was announced by Human Resources and Skills Development Minister Belinda Stronach at Canadore College in North Bay. The Sector Council program will be supporting projects by the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada (ECO Canada), the Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC), the Mining Industry Training and Adjustment Council (MITAC) and the National Seafood Sector Council (NSSC). ECO Canada president Grant Trump commended the government's support for stronger Canadian expertise in the environmental sector. "Environmental stakeholders have clearly articulated to ECO Canada that the profession could more effectively support the conservation, protection and sustainability of the Canadian environment with a deeper understanding of current and anticipated skill requirements and supply demands. Documenting the business of the environment will assist all stakeholder groups," he stated.

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