The CWB Welding Foundation applauds Budget 2018

The CWB Welding Foundation supports the Government of Canada’s Budget 2018 that provides a focus and investment for women pursuing their dreams to enter into the skilled trades.

“The Federal Government’s budget is a great example of gender equality and their commitment to assist women pursuing the skilled trades’ workforce,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWB Welding Foundation. “The investment for the Women in Construction Fund, Pre-Apprentice Program and $19.9 million over five years to help women enter and succeed in the trades are all great initiatives and we fully support these great investments by government.”

Women in Construction fund consists of $10 million over three years that will build on existing models in attracting women into the skilled trades. The program will help in areas: mentoring, coaching, and wrap around supports to help women progress through their training and find and retain jobs in the trades.

The Pre-apprenticeship program investment of $46 million will help underrepresented groups such as women, indigenous peoples, newcomers and persons with disabilities to explore careers in the skilled trades.

“With a focus on women in welding the CWB Welding Foundation looks forward to partnering with government to bring hands on welding training opportunities to women in Canada. Through our initiatives we share the same vision as the Federal Government to remove barriers for women wishing to pursue an education and future career in welding,” said Mates.

Welding in Canada is a critical part of industry, contributing over $5 billion to the Canadian economy and employing over 300,000 individuals. Without welding, most of the things we take for granted would not exist, such as cars, bridges, buildings, trains, pacemakers and even smart phones.

About the CWB Welding Foundation

The CWB Welding Foundation is a National registered charity that supports the Canadian welding industry by increasing public safety awareness in welding, and addressing the welding skilled trade shortage and mismatch in Canada. Through education based programs and initiatives, we continue to reduce barriers that affect key groups; elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students and educators, indigenous, women, at-risk youth, disabled, visible minorities, and the disadvantaged. We envision a future where all individuals are encouraged and provided the support needed to reach their true potential in a career in welding regardless of identity factors, social and financial status, and lived experiences including gender, age, ethnicity, language, literacy, culture, income, and geographical location.