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MCA heads to the Little Big City

September 4, 2013

The Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA) Canada will hold its 72nd annual national conference at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel, September 25 to 28, 2013 in Winnipeg, MB. Themed Winds of Change, the event includes educational programs, workshops and social events. Speakers include David Chilton,

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Impact of extensive flooding in Southern Alberta on hours worked

August 27, 2013

Extensive flooding affected Southern Alberta in the second half of June. As a result, 300,000 employed Albertans, or 13.5 per cent of the total employed population in the province, lost 7.5 million hours of work during that period. At the

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Report says mentors lead to apprentice success

July 19, 2013

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage provides fresh insights into the important role of mentors to apprenticeship completion across Canada in its newest report, Effective Journeyperson Apprentice Mentoring On-the-job: Tips, Strategies, and Resources. Based on a series of

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College of Trades update

June 7, 2013

Grandfathering Ministry-issued Certificate of Qualifications and OCTAA enforcement underway.

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Honour inspirational leaders in the development and promotion of apprenticeship and trade certification

May 31, 2013

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) has launched a call for nominations for the second biennial Red Seal Award of Excellence. This award honours the contributions of provincial/territorial/federal apprenticeship and trade certification staff to the Red Seal Program.

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Work of Construction Sector Council to continue through BuildForce Canada

April 29, 2013

The Construction Sector Council (CSC) has transitioned into BuildForce Canada after its core funding disappeared as a result of federal cuts. CSC had a 10 year history of working with industry to provide labour market forecasting and other resources. “In the

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Digital gap to overtake literacy gap

April 8, 2013

Technology is changing the nature of the skilled trades.

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Industry takes the reins on labour market forecasting

April 5, 2013

The Construction Sector Council (CSC) has transitioned into BuildForce Canada after its core funding disappeared as a result of federal cuts. CSC had a 10 year history of working with industry to provide labour market forecasting and other resources. “In the wake of the

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Calling all Canadian entrepreneurs

March 18, 2013

Share your greatest business challenge for a chance to earn a $100,000 grant

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NRCan subsidy announced

December 19, 2012

HRAI has announced that a Contribution Agreement was finalized with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) on December 13, 2012, which will provide financial assistance to those attending SkillTech Academy’s residential training programs between January 15, 2013 and March 31, 2013. Participants

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Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages, say the Feds

December 14, 2012

A Federal Skilled Trades Program is being launched on January 2, 2013. The announcement was made by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney on December 10. “The new Skilled Trades Stream will help address serious labour shortages in some regions

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Ontario College of Trades proposed changes include shortening deeming periods

October 22, 2012

The Ontario College of Trades (the College) has issued a Notice of public consultations and it is calling for comments on Proposed Board regulations. The proposed regulations will: set the foundation for how the College governs the establishment of apprenticeship programs

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HRAI to host Ontario College of Trades information meetings

October 10, 2012

There has been a lot of speculation and rumour about the new Ontario College of Trades and how it will affect trades people and the companies that employ them. Some have championed the College as a huge step in the

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Revised Federal Skilled Worker Program unveiled

August 27, 2012

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is proposing a number of regulatory changes to the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) including: establishing new minimum official language thresholds and increasing points for language; increasing the emphasis on younger immigrants; increasing points for

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What’s up, or down, with pensions?

May 30, 2012

StatsCan has released its report on pension plans in Canada-it makes for interesting reading.

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Working-age population older

May 29, 2012

The “going” outnumber the “coming” – a census first.

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Uponor names U.S. vice president of sales

May 24, 2012

Brent Noonan has accepted the position of vice president of U.S. sales for Uponor, effective May 21, 2012. Noonan has served as Uponor’s South regional sales director since 2010, where he was responsible for providing leadership for the growth of

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Canadians not in Handy Manny’s league

May 15, 2012

Shortage of skilled workers will be a bigger blow than expected

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Self governance at a cost

May 14, 2012

Ontario College of Trades seeks feedback on fees

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Taking us down a peg or two

May 1, 2012 by Kerry Turner

THOSE OF YOU WHO FOLLOW HPAC MAGAZINE ON TWITTER (@HPACMAG) may have read the tweets regarding Bill C-38: Winnipeg MP notes “we keep unearthing all these little treasures hidden deep in the bowels of Bill C-38” and “I am loath

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Free download: 2012 Construction Looking Forward Forecast Report

April 30, 2012

  2012 Construction Looking Forward Forecast Report, Highlights and PowerPoint Presentation are available for download now. The CSC’s annual Construction Looking Forward forecasts offer a detailed nine-year scenario of workforce supply and demand by trade, province and region. These forecasts

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Ethanol Handling: A Health & Safety Perspective

April 1, 2012 by Marissa Cutts

Clear best practices and improved training are crucial undertakings for owners.