Alberta and Nova Scotia have signed an agreement in principle to ensure apprenticeship training is transferable between both provinces.
This agreement will improve the recognition of in-province training, allow for the recognition of apprenticeship work experience hours and enhance labour mobility for apprentices in both provinces.
Marc MacNeil, a third year pipe fitter apprentice from Nova Scotia said the new agreement will help to eliminate barriers and make it easier for apprentices to achieve certification.
“This is great news. I know a lot of people apprenticing who aren’t being recognized for their qualifications even though they’ve completed their program. It’s been tough for them to find an employer to take them on, and some have had to retake courses or work additional hours to get their journeyman status.”
~ Marc MacNeil, apprentice
“Meeting face-to-face with Premier Hancock this week during the premiers’ meetings in Charlottetown gave us a chance to discuss the real issues facing workers in our two provinces. This is a win-win for our two provinces – and more importantly, it’s a win for our apprentices. Today’s reality is, workers are moving all over the country. Our job is to make sure they have clear pathways to obtaining their certification so they can take full advantage of the good jobs in our region.”
~ Stephen McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia
“We want to make it easier for apprentices and skilled workers in Canada to go where the work is. The goal of this agreement with Nova Scotia is to streamline labour mobility, increase access to apprenticeship training and ideally, help Alberta attract more workers to meet the demands of our growing economy.”
Dave Hancock, Premier and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education
Under this arrangement, if an apprentice takes pre-apprenticeship training at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and then moves to Alberta, their training will be recognized. This will save apprentices from writing additional exams or repeating courses.
The two provinces are also working on an agreement that would make the process of moving between Nova Scotia and Alberta easier and less expensive for apprentices to continue their education.
This cooperation between the two provinces will further support Nova Scotia’s efforts to modernize its apprenticeship system. On July 1, the Nova Scotia government transferred the apprenticeship training division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education to a separate agency focused on getting more employers involved, improving the number of apprenticeship opportunities in the province and helping more apprentices complete their training. The agency will work with industry to identify further opportunities for harmonization of apprenticeship training in the country.
In addition to this agreement, Alberta strongly supports interprovincial mobility of apprentices and journeymen:
- Alberta is working with other provinces and territories through the New West Partnership agreement and the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship to enhance apprenticeship mobility.
- Alberta recognizes registered apprentices and journeymen from other Canadian jurisdictions at the same level as their home jurisdiction and facilitates the transition of apprentices between provinces.
- Under the provisions of the agreement on internal trade, the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board also recognizes the qualifications of journeymen from across Canada.
Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta’s resources to ensure we’re able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.