MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - Canada's federal government will help fund an internship program for the country's plastics industry.
The program is geared to small and medium-sized firms and post-secondary school graduates who are underemployed or unemployed. In the first year of the program about a dozen interns will participate, estimated Colin Reichle, executive director for the Mississauga-based Canadian Plastics Industry Association.
The Canadian Plastics Sector Council will contribute 33 percent of an intern's wage up to a maximum of $10,000 for up to a year. The council includes representatives from industry, labor and the federal department of Human Resources Development Canada, which will provide funding for the program.
Reichle said if the program is successful, CPIA will strive to expand it. Human Resources Development Canada is not playing favorites with the plastics industry, since other sectors have similar programs, he said.
Reichle said the program will help address the problem of attracting more skilled people to the plastics industry. All types of companies, from machinery producers to processors, are eligible, provided they are Canadian-owned or are a Canadian subsidiary of a foreign company.