Minister Jason Kenney Announces Funding for NACC’s Alternative Career Pathways Initiative

Release – February 7, 2014

 Minister Jason Kenney Announces Funding for NACC’s Alternative Career Pathways Initiative

 (Toronto) – At a joint press conference today with the Hon. Jason Kenney, P.C., M.P., federal Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, Serge Buy, Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC), launched a new initiative to help internationally-trained individuals who are having challenges working in their chosen field in Canada.  At the event Minister Kenney announced that the Government of Canada will be providing financial support for the project.

The Government of Canada funding will allow NACC to deliver the Alternative Career Pathways initiative, which helps match internationally-trained individuals who are facing challenges working in their field with training programs at career colleges so they can make use of their existing skills and training in related and meaningful careers.

“Today’s funding announcement marks the first step in an exciting project that we hope will allow thousands of newcomers to get the training they need to enter the Canadian workforce,” said Mr. Buy. “We are looking forward to using career colleges’ proven ability to provide competitive, cost-effective, and timely programs to help newcomers find alternative careers that build on their skills, experience, and interests.”

The Alternative Career Pathways initiative will be delivered by Regional Coordinators in Vancouver (British Columbia), Edmonton (Prairie Provinces), Toronto (Ontario), and Montreal (Québec & Atlantic Provinces), and will be supported by staff at NACC’s national office in Ottawa.

“We are committed to helping highly-skilled newcomers find jobs related to their fields,” added Mr. Buy. “We look forward to providing pathways to high-quality education and speedy employment for people who want to use their skills and training to work.  We want newcomers to be able to use their skills as soon as possible in Canada and work to their full potential.”

The National Association of Career Colleges acknowledges and thanks Minister Kenney and the Government of Canada for their support toward the success of the Alternative Career Pathways initiative.  This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.

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For media enquiries, contact:

Serge Buy, Chief Executive Officer

By email:          By phone: 613-720-1777

For all other enquiries, contact:          

Karine Hopper, Project Manager, Alternative Career Pathways

By email:          By phone: 1-866-981-6863