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Training program launched for nuclear energy sector careers

June 14, 2021 | By Maryam Farag

The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries and the First Nations Power Authority will lead a one-year program to train Indigenous workers and women for skilled trades careers in the province’s clean nuclear energy sector.

The Ontario government is investing $500,000 towards the program, focusing on opening doors for underrepresented groups to enter in-demand careers in skilled trades such as boilermaker, carpenter, electrician and welder.

“This OCNI/FNPA-led project called ‘Skilled Trades Pathway for Indigenous People and Women into Nuclear Sector’ aligns perfectly with the objectives of the Skills Development Fund,” said Ron Oberth, President and CEO, Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries. “It connects groups hardest hit by the pandemic with a sector that is leading Ontario’s economic recovery while contributing to the province’s GHG emissions reduction program.”

During this one-year program, participants will be trained in Bruce County, Grey County and Durham Region, with a virtual training option available. They will have access to childcare supports, if needed, and subsidies of up to $3,000 for travel and accommodation during this time. Job placements will then be in Bruce, Grey and Huron counties.


“First Nations Power Authority is excited about our foray into the Ontario electricity market and more particularly the Small Modular Reactor Technology marketplace,” said Guy Lonechild, President and CEO,First Nations Power Authority. “We have been actively engaging with OCNI, Atunda, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Union Local 128, and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union Local 2222. These occupations will help to build a stronger Ontario, a stronger Canada and together with our partners look to build towards a cleaner energy future.”


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