KENORA – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for the Kenora riding, on behalf of Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced $2.2 million in funding for the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO). “This is an extremely important announcement for the Métis Nation of Ontario’s Skilled Employment Energy strategy. Here in the riding of Kenora, there is a strong Indigenous population. This investment will help Métis people across the province, including in Northwestern Ontario, as we strengthen the economy and build a better future by providing good jobs,” stated Nault.
The $2.2 million allocated to the MNO’s Skilled Employment Energy Stream project is funded through the Government of Canada’s Skills and Partnership Fund (SPF) .
The project will include up to 72 participants, who will take part in this new initiative to help Indigenous people across Ontario get critical skills and experience that will lead to employment. In addition, participants will receive training in the energy sector, and in the fields of electrical, welding, and industrial maintenance. The project also brings together multiple partners from industry, post-secondary institutions, First Nation communities, and Métis governments.
“This is an investment in the future of Indigenous peoples which will help ensure that they get the necessary training and skills that are required to compete in today’s ever changing economy,” concluded Nault. “It will have a positive effect, not only for those directly impacted, but also on the economy throughout the region.”