The provincial government says is investing $1 million through its Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to relocate the Carpenters’ Local 1669 Training Centre to the Innova Business Park in Thunder Bay and construct a state-of-the-art training facility.
The new building will have two classrooms, an open workshop space as well as common areas and offices. It will also offer a modern, updated skills curriculum and courses with specialized equipment, a news release says. “The facility will help meet the demand for skilled tradespeople and construction trades training, connecting workers with good jobs and growing the Northern economy,” the announcement said.
CBC quoted union president Wayne Sohlman as saying: “It’s important for all carpenters, and all tradespeople, actually other trades have come in to take our training like working at heights, or in confined spaces, because everybody wants to be trained and work safe and come home to their families at the end of the work day.”