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September 9, 2013
Prime Minister Harper supports new Yukon College innovation centre
During his tour of Canada's north, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced support for the creation of a new Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining (CNIM) at Yukon College, which is expected to create jobs and stimulate economic growth throughout the region.
The centre will help Northerners acquire the skills they need to fill local jobs in the rapidly growing mining and exploration sectors, while conducting applied research and enhancing Yukon’s attractiveness for mining investment.
The CNIM will be a one stop state-of-the-art education, training and research facility for people looking to begin a career in the mining industry as well as for those who want to improve their skills. Through the centre, thousands of Yukon residents will have access to accredited career training opportunities, helping provide a solution to current and future skilled labour shortages in the territory.
The CNIM will also conduct applied research and development to address northern - specific challenges in order to grow and improve the competitiveness of Yukon’s mining sector.
The CNIM is expected to create an estimated 40 construction jobs and six full-time and part-time jobs within its first five years.
It is also expected to generate up to 520 trades, mining and apprenticeship graduates, plus 710 students completing shorter non-credit courses.
The initiative was originally announced in the 2013 federal budget.
The federal government will contribute to the construction of the CNIM at Yukon College’s Ayamdigut Campus in Whitehorse.
The investment will also provide the means for a mobile trades school that will make training more accessible by delivering courses in smaller communities and at mine sites in Yukon.
Construction of the new centre is planned to begin in 2014 and is expected to be completed and operational by 2017.
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