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Program will help train carpenters, heavy-duty equipment operators

Skills Development funding aimed at supporting Indigenous learners in Kenora
Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford (centre) announced more than $1.9 million for Niiwin Wendaanimok Limited Partnership to train Indigenous learners in carpentry and heavy-duty equipment operation.

Indigenous workers and at-risk youth in Northern Ontario will have access to training in the general carpentry and heavy-duty operator trades, thanks to new funding from the province’s Skills Development Fund.

On April 13, Kenora-Rainy River MPP Greg Rickford announced more than $1.9 million would go to Niiwin Wendaanimok Limited Partnership’s Construction Capacity Project.

It will provide 50 people with education, skills training and apprenticeship experience for jobs in road and building construction.

The training will include work placements, registration with the ministry, holistic support and services, mentorship, and ongoing job readiness support.

Niiwin Wendaanimok Limited Partnership will also establish a High-Skills Major program in construction at a local First Nation secondary school in the Kenora area.

Students will complete a construction multi-skills program and will be offered virtual tutoring, counselling and career development, job placements, and paid internships.

These programs are open to individuals from the following regions:

  • Washagamis Bay First Nation
  • Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
  • Wauzhusk Onigum Ojibway Nation
  • Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation
  • TransCanada Highway – Manitoba Border

With training beginning July 1, 2023, interested participants can apply by emailing or by calling 431-373-0094.