Minister Poilievre congratulates first Canada Apprentice Loan recipients from SAIT and highlights number of apprenticeship grants benefitting residents of the Calgary area
Calgary, Alberta – Employment and Social Development Canada
The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development, along with the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Member of Parliament for Calgary–Nose Hill, yesterday congratulated the first recipients of the Canada Apprentice Loan at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT). Launched in January of this year, the Loan provides registered apprentices pursuing technical training in Red Seal trades with access to up to $4,000 per period of technical training. To date, over 5,000 apprentices from across Canada have benefitted from this loan, including nearly 1,900 in Alberta. Nearly 600 recipients of the loan are pursuing their studies at SAIT. He also highlighted the number of apprenticeship grants already provided to apprentices living in the Calgary area.
In his remarks, Minister Poilievre encouraged more Canadians to take advantage of the Canada Apprentice Loan—to learn a trade, gain hands-on experience and seize the opportunities that exist in today’s labour market and prepare for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
The Minister went on to explain how the Harper Government’s plan to create jobs and help families goes hand in hand. To ensure Canadians keep more of their hard-earned money in their pockets, the Harper Government enhanced the Universal Child Care Benefit, brought in the new Family Tax Cut and made significant improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit. These measures allow parents to invest more in their children who will play a role in the future workforce.
- The Canada Apprentice Loan will help more apprentices complete their training, and it is estimated that at least 26,000 apprentices are expected to benefit from loans each year.
- Since 2006, the Government has provided over 530,000 apprenticeship grants to Canadians. Over 142,000 apprentices in Alberta have received the grants. Close to 30,000 of those grants have benefitted residents in the Calgary area.
- The Universal Child Care Benefit would increase to up to $1,920 per year for children under the age of 6, and parents may receive a benefit of up to $720 per year for each eligible child aged 6 through 17.
- According to Statistics Canada, almost 360,000 people are enrolled in over 400 apprenticeship and skilled trades programs.
- Economic Action Plan 2014 created the Canada Apprentice Loan to provide apprentices registered in a Red Seal trade apprenticeship with access to interest-free loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training. The loans are interest-free until apprentices complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years.
“With several major projects on the horizon it is important that more Canadians have the support they need to complete their apprenticeship training and get the skills they need for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. That is why today it is my pleasure to congratulate the nearly 600 Canada Apprentice Loan recipients from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. In total, nearly 1,900 apprentices in Alberta, and more than 5,000 apprentices from across Canada, are now able to complete their training and continue to pursue their careers in the trades.”
– The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development
“Access to education is a top priority at SAIT, and we are pleased to work alongside the Government of Canada to implement this important program. Removing financial barriers for apprentices allows more Canadians to gain the expertise needed to succeed in high-demand careers.”
– Dr. David Ross, President and CEO, SAIT Polytechnic
“Until now, apprentices could not benefit from the generous supports to other students such as the Canada Student Loan program; as of this year, apprentices in Canada’s Red Seal trades can be sure that the federal government regards them both as post secondary learners, and as vitally needed workers. The Canada Apprentice Loan ensures equitable treatment for Canadian trades trainees.”
– Nobina Robinson, CEO of Polytechnics Canada