Liberals get endorsement from construction unions

Both the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario and the Provincial Building & Construction Trades Council of Ontario came out applauding the announcement by Justin Trudeau that, if elected, a Liberal Government would invest an additional $750 million annually towards funding skills training, with $25 million per year pledged towards facilities that train Canada’s future workforce. This will be delivered in partnership with the provinces, territories, First Nations, Metis, and Inuit. “The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario applauds Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada’s recent pledge to invest in more apprenticeship training programs and facilities that will impact hundreds of communities across the country,” said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer. “Over the last 10 years, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has forced provinces and territories to pick up the slack for his absence in providing the coordinated training assistance that our industry expects from the federal government.”

“Investing in apprenticeship training makes good economic sense,” he said. “Giving the workers the skills that will help elevate them to the middle class will strengthen our economy. It is an investment that will sustain the careers of many Canadian workers.”

“This investment is not only a commitment to skilled trades, but to an entire workforce development strategy that will ensure skilled tradespeople can access the equipment, training and facilities they need to get good jobs within the 21st century economy,” said Tony Iannuzzi, Executive Secretary Treasurer for The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario.

According to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau “by investing in skills training for Canada’s labour force, Liberals are not only correcting the mistakes of the Harper decade – we are building a country that gives everyone a real and fair chance to succeed.”

“Access to meaningful employment in the trades is best-secured through strong, bona fide apprenticeship training programs that serve infrastructure needs and the future workforce” said Dillon, adding that “reliable federal funding is a key pillar in that regard, and we congratulate the Trudeau team for taking this bold step.”

The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario is an organization that represents 150,000 construction workers, and the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario represents more than 24,000 journeypersons and apprentices from across the province.

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