New and well-maintained transportation infrastructure is essential for Prince Edward Island’s growing population and economy. To keep up with these demands, PEI’s rapidly expanding heavy construction industry is looking to attract more workers with knowledge of the industry and up-to-date skills. The Government of Canada is committed to working with industry to develop a skilled workforce and build a strong, resilient future for all.
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, announced a contribution of $43,077 to the Prince Edward Island Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association, through ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.
The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA.
The investment will help the association purchase a heavy equipment simulator as part of its work with the PEI Department of Education on the Youth Transition Program pilot. This program will expose high school students to opportunities in heavy construction and provide a path to become professionals in the industry. The purchase of the virtual training simulator will allow students to complete realistic, cost-effective training modules, promote careers in the sector and help address a growing labor shortage.
“Innovative educational opportunities like this are born out of direct collaboration between industry professionals and forward-thinking educational experts. I’m thrilled that our government is making strategic investments that will strengthen our vital industries and provide access to in-demand career opportunities,” said Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown.
“Through ACOA, the Government of Canada is working directly with industry to understand and address its needs,” said The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA. “Training initiatives like this introduce youth to valuable skills and new career paths that allow them to stay and contribute to growing sectors here in Atlantic Canada.”
The Province of Prince Edward Island is providing grants totalling $25,000 to support the project.