As reported on CBC, Prime Minister Stephen Harper annouced a funding of $5.6 million over four years for the construction of the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining at Yukon College's Ayamdigut campus in Whitehorse. The centre is supposed to become an education, training and research facility for the mining industry.
The centre is expected to create 40 construction jobs and generate up to 520 trades, mining and apprenticeship graduates over the next five years, the federal government said. Hundreds of other students are expected to take credit courses at the centre, the government said.
Yukon's mining industry is expected to need up to 1,700 new workers to meet its needs by 2022, the Prime Minister said in prepared remarks.