ST. JOHN’S, N.L. (GNB) – Premier Brian Gallant signed a protocol today that will allow for greater mobility of apprentices across Canada.

Signed by all of Canada’s premiers as part of the Council of the Federation meetings in St. John’s, N.L., the protocol will help create the conditions for enhanced economic growth across the country. Reducing labour mobility barriers – including apprentice mobility barriers – will support major projects in every jurisdiction and help to build a skilled domestic workforce.

“By reducing interprovincial barriers to skills training we are creating opportunities for many here in New Brunswick,” said Gallant. “Labour mobility will help us grow the Canadian economy and in turn create jobs.”

This follows last month’s apprenticeship memorandum of understanding signed by the four Atlantic Premiers to make it easier for people who are in training to get trades certification, harmonizing regulations and allowing apprentices to move freely across provincial borders as they train.

The agreement was the first of its kind in Canada and generated national discussions on apprentice mobility.