CWB Welding Foundation launches Secondary School Welding Helmet Initiative

The CWB Welding Foundation has launched its secondary school welding helmet initiative. This fully funded program was developed to assist schools by providing their welding students with proper personal protective gear so they could hone their skills safely.

For the first year of this program, and first of its kind in Canada, 1,800 auto-darkening helmets were distributed to high schools with full time welding programs across the country at no cost to secondary schools.

"Safety in secondary school welding shops is paramount," said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWB Welding Foundation. "Promoting public safety is one of our key mandates, and we want to ensure students work with the best personal protective equipment. We're proud and committed to make sure this program is successful, and we're looking forward to working with high schools across Canada to update their welding helmets."

If secondary school welding instructors are interested in learning more about the program, visit or directly contact Leanna Marcin, Communications Coordinator with the CWB Welding Foundation at

About the CWB Welding Foundation
The Foundation's key mandates are to support public safety awareness, and to address the skilled welding labour shortage in Canada. It will also focus on creating access to educational opportunities for all levels of education from elementary through to post- secondary, as well as aboriginal peoples, women, those with disabilities and visible minorities.

Deborah Mates
CWB Welding Foundation Executive Director
Telephone: 800.844.6790 Ext. 241