Gift from Canerector Foundation enables Durham College to boost skilled trades training

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Durham College officials say a $500,000 gift from the Canerector Foundation will provide scholarships to 100 students enrolled in 13 skilled trades programs each academic year over the next five years

The donation will also support the expansion and revitalization of our skilled trades facilities on the Whitby campus.

“We are pleased to announce the Canerector Foundation’s donation to Durham College for skilled trades scholarships and expansion of shops, labs and classrooms,” said Amanda Hawkins, director of the Canerector Foundation. “By investing in students and state-of-the-art learning facilities, we hope to encourage students to pursue these rewarding careers in the skilled trades that are needed in our economy and our communities.”

By 2030, Ontario is expecting a skilled labour shortage of more than 500,000 workers. The Canerector Foundation Scholarships in Skilled Trades and funding towards expanding and enhancing the Ontario Power Generation Centre for Skilled Trades and Technology will “help make room for and attract more students to careers in the skilled trades.”

canerector durham 2“Durham College is extremely grateful for the Canerector Foundation’s support,” said Don Lovisa, president of Durham College. “This generous gift will help DC make great strides to train more construction and industrial tradespersons to help fill the skilled trades talent gap.”

Applicants must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons/refugees registered as full-time students entering the first year of an eligible trade program. Students who participate in mentorship and/or co-curricular activities and maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average will be awarded additional funds throughout their education up to a maximum of $4,000.

Durham College will name recipients for the Canerector Scholarships in the Skilled Trades during the winter 2023 semester.


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