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News Release - Manitoba

November 17, 2015


Partnership Will Benefit Hundreds of Manitobans: Minister Chief

The Manitoba government is partnering with Canada Goose on training initiatives that will benefit hundreds of people, Jobs and the Economy Minister Kevin Chief announced today.

“This training will help keep the skills, the expertise and the know-how to create the best cold weather jackets, right here in Winnipeg,” said Minister Chief.  “Canada Goose is taking the world by storm but its biggest impact is creating good jobs for local people to earn a living for themselves and their families.”

Canada Goose Winnipeg facilities on Bannatyne Avenue and Mountain Avenue currently employ more than 450 people, making products that are sold in more than 50 countries.  The company has made a significant commitment and investment to keeping production on Canadian soil, and Manitoba workers are being trained to fill this need, Minister Chief said.

The partnership with Canada Goose will support the hiring and training of more than 300 new workers in skills such as garment manufacturing and workplace culture, through Opportunities for Employment and Workplace Education Manitoba, the minister noted.  He added employees will also receive on-the-job instruction from Canada Goose trainers.

Some of the other companies the Manitoba government has invested in by supporting employee training include Winpak, an international packaging materials and machine manufacturer in Winnipeg, and Nordik Spa in Winnipeg.  The training initiatives with these companies have resulted in more than 140 new staff being hired and trained, along with training for more than 600 existing employees, Minister Chief said.

These investments support Manitoba’s commitment to add 75,000 workers to the labour force by 2020, and meets commitments to support investments in education and training, the minister added.

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