Equipment, funding support available for secondary, post-secondary institutions

The CWB Welding Foundation has introduced the Secondary and Post-Secondary Institution Equipment and Funding Support program to improve the quality of welding facilities across Canada. Teachers from welding programs within schools across Canada have the opportunity to apply to receive equipment and funding. This assistance will aid in the improvement of existing welding programs, expanding existing welding programs, and creating welding programs within schools in need.  

“Many institutions across Canada do not receive the necessary funding that is needed in order to provide Canadian students a safe, valuable welding experience,” said Deborah Mates, executive director of the CWB Welding Foundation.  “The CWB Welding Foundation has created the Secondary and Post-Secondary Institution Equipment and Funding Support program to ensure that each institution has the resources they need. The institutions will be able to enhance the welding experience for students by creating an attractive program while upholding all safety requirements.”

Teachers from Secondary and Post-Secondary institutions can download the application directly from the CWB Welding Foundation web site. By documenting the school’s needs in terms of equipment and funding, the CWB Welding Foundation will be able to assess the ways that they can provide support. For information on how the CWB Welding Foundation may be able to provide equipment or materials support to secondary or post-secondary welding programs please contact Executive Director, Deborah Mates at

The CWB Welding Foundation was founded in 2013 and has since continued to engage various Canadian youth demographics in education and promotion of welding. Key groups that the CWB Welding Foundation focuses on include elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools as well as women, Aboriginal peoples, at-risk-youth, disabled, and visible minorities. The CWA

Foundation has implemented many programs to create awareness and provide support to these individuals including the Mind over Metal welding camp, partnerships with Indspire, an Indigenous youth program, and Liberty for Youth. The CWB Welding Foundation Secondary School Awards Program has also been launched with applications due the end of January, 2015 as well as the Post Secondary Awards Program with a deadline of the end of November, 2015. Efforts to educate and create awareness of the awards program continue across Canada at trade shows, career fairs, schools, and conferences. The onsite Advanced Welding Training Centre located in Milton, ON, is additionally used as a tool to involve and educate local youth and adults.