Minister Glover announces the launch of the Canada Apprentice Loan in Manitoba

January 8, 2015

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on behalf of the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, today while on a tour of Red River College announced the launch of the new Canada Apprentice Loan, an Economic Action 2014 commitment that provides apprentices in Red Seal trades access to interest-free loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training.


Minister Glover discusses the Canada Apprenticeship Loan with RRC Masonry students

In her tour of Red River College, Minister Glover reiterated that enhanced support for apprentices and apprenticeship training are key to power and grow the Canadian economy. That is why, in addition to the Canada Apprentice Loan, the Government also supports apprentices through several other initiatives, including Grants and Tax Credits. Since 2006, the Government of Canada has also provided apprenticeship grants and Tax credits for both apprentices and employers to encourage apprenticeships and careers in the skilled trades. To date, the Government has issued over 500,000 apprenticeship grants to Canadians worth nearly $700 million to help them get the skills and training they need to get well-paying jobs.

Minister Glover emphasized the value of skilled trades and underlined the pressing demand for skilled tradespeople, particularly in areas such as infrastructure projects like the Government’s New Building Canada Plan, which commits $53 billion in funding, including $476 million to projects in Manitoba under the New Building Canada Fund.

Quick Facts

·       It is estimated that at least 26,000 apprentices a year will apply for over $100 million in Canada Apprentice Loans.

·       Red Seal trades include 57 skilled trades including bakers, bricklayers, carpenters, electricians, gasfitters, heavy equipment operators, ironworkers, machinists, painters, plumbers, sheet metal workers, and truck mechanics, to name a few.

·       According to Statistics Canada, almost 360,000 people are enrolled in over 400 apprenticeship and skilled trades programs. But, only half of apprentices are completing their programs.

·       There are approximately 2.9 million skilled trade workers in Canada which represent 17 percent of the workforce.


“Since 2006, our Government has recognized the important role that apprentices play in Canada’s economy and, to this end, has made significant investments to help apprentices and the employers that hire them. Now, thanks to the Canada Apprentice Loan, more Canadians are able to complete their training and become skilled journeypeople and fill in-demand jobs.”

–The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

“Our Government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity. Jobs in the skilled trades are in-demand in many sectors and regions across the country. We are taking concrete action to address this challenge by providing even more support for apprentices. This includes the introduction of the Canada Apprentice Loan, which will help more apprentices complete their training and encourage more Canadians to pursue a career in the skilled trades.”

–      The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development

“In 2015 Red River College and the Province of Manitoba will break ground on a new 100,000 square foot state-of-the-art Skilled Trades and Technology Centre as jobs in the skilled trades are in high demand and one of our strategic priorities is to fuel Manitoba’s economy. We applaud The Government of Canada on today’s announcement and their commitment to continue to provide additional opportunities that further support the work being done by Apprenticeship Manitoba and our industry partners to help our apprentices achieve success.”

– David Rew, Interim President & CEO, Red River College

Culinary Arts Students Serve Up an Early Christmas at Siloam Mission

December 15, 2014

On Monday, December 15th, 20 students from Red River College’s (RRC) School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts, at the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute will bring their cooking skills to Siloam Mission preparing turkeys donated by the Manitoba Turkey Producers and Granny’s Poultry Cooperative Ltd.

Siloam Mission - Colour transparency Logo - hi rezServing with the students will be the Honourable Kevin Chief, Minister of Jobs and Economy, His Worship, Mayor Brian Bowman, City of Winnipeg, and David Rew, Interim President & CEO, Red River College.

Under the guidance of RRC Culinary Arts Instructors, Chef Scott Ball and Chef Gordon Bailey, students will prepare approximately 18 turkeys which equates to 500 lbs, traditional vegetable side dishes, sauces, gravy, and dessert.

“We are proud our donation will help feed over 500 people who rely on Siloam Mission for a hot meal.” noted Bill Uruski, Chairman of Manitoba Turkey Producers. “We recognize many people in our community don’t get the opportunity to enjoy turkey with their family over the holidays. We hope our donation brings smiles to the faces of those who may often go without.”

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Red River College (RRC) Hosts Fourth Annual Youth in Manufacturing Expo

December 4, 2014

For Immediate Release: December 2, 2013

Middle school students from across Manitoba will get a firsthand look at the manufacturing industry this week, while taking part in a day-long expo aimed at encouraging teens to begin thinking about their post-secondary and career options.

“It’s key that we connect with young people about the skills and expertise they can acquire at RRC that can lead to many promising careers in the manufacturing industry,” said David Rew, Interim President & CEO, Red River College.“ This Expo really works to help youth to make meaningful and informed choices for the future and we’re pleased to be hosting it this year.”

The third annual Youth in Manufacturing expo, taking place Tue. Dec. 2, 2014, at Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus, will give Grade 9 and 10 students from local schools a chance to explore the impact of the manufacturing sector on Manitoba’s economy. It’ll also provide them with a range of industry-related educational options to consider as they begin planning for life after high school.

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Campus Advisory – November 28, 2014

December 4, 2014

Steinbach Regional Campus Closed – Friday, Nov. 28

As of 10:45am Red River College’s Steinbach campus is closed for the remainder of the day.

The campus was evacuated due to the strong smell of gas. Upon callout and response by the gas company, a gas leak was confirmed on the roof.  Repairs are being made and the campus will reopen on Monday, December 1st.

Red River College’s security services mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for all students, staff and visitors to the College.  Security services can be reached at 204-632-2323.

Students attending classes at the Steinbach Regional Campus can contact the campus main line at 204.320.2500 if they have any questions.

Red River College Congratulates Neil Cooke on receiving Top Honours from the Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA)

November 19, 2014

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2014

WINNIPEG, MB –Red River College’s (RRC) Chair of Transportation and Heavy Apprenticeship Trades, Neil Cooke received 2014’s Associate of the Year Award from the Manitoba Trucking Association.

Neil Cooke welcomes members of RRC's alumni community to HETC

Neil Cooke welcomes members of RRC’s alumni community to HETC

“This recognition is a testament to the leadership and dedication Neil brings to the College and the strong relationships he has developed with the trucking industry,” said David Rew, President and CEO, RRC. “Neil is not only a leader at the College but a leader in our community and vital to ensuring both staff and student success. On behalf of the College, I congratulate Neil on receiving this honour recognizing the many positive contributions he has made.”

Cooke has over 40 years of industry experience working in Manitoba’s transportation sector where he worked extensively in the heavy truck industry as a technician, mechanic, consultant, and 13 years as an instructor at Red River College.

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Red River College Congratulates Barry Chetyrbok, Ironworking Expert and Apprenticeship Manitoba Instructor of the Year

November 19, 2014

For Immediate Release: November 19, 2014

WINNIPEG, MB – Red River College (RRC) is proud to congratulate ironworking instructor Barry Chetyrbok, on receiving the Instructor of the Year Award last week at the 2014 Apprenticeship Manitoba Awards of Distinction.

Having spent more than a decade as an instructor at Red River College, with an extensive background in ironworking, Barry Chetyrbok has created an engaging and challenging applied learning environment to ensure students have the right skills and experience to prepare them for their career.

“We’re proud to once again have a Red River College instructor recognized for their dedication to their trade and our students,” said David Rew, Interim President & CEO, Red River College. “This recognition speaks to the quality of education, expertise, and passion of our instructors at the College. Red River College continues to enable students to build a career and contribute to Manitoba’s economy, and Barry is one example of how skilled our instructors are.”

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Red River College earns global award for commitment to social development

October 30, 2014

For Immediate Release: October 24, 2014

WINNIPEG, MB – Red River College received an International Award of Excellence  today for its commitment to social development from the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) at their World Congress in Beijing, China.WFCP-WORLD-CONGRESS-2014-LOGO-200x139

The award seeks to recognize colleges and polytechnics from around the world for their commitment to community engagement, diversity, and sustainability – with a focus on international campus collaboration, best practices and technologies, and advancing institutional diversity.

“This is another outstanding achievement for the College,” said David Rew, interim president and CEO, Red River College. “Sustainability, international collaboration, and diversity are key focus areas for the College.  Our staff and students make substantial investments in these areas, it is very satisfying to receive this type of recognition.”

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RRC Ranked as a Top 10 Research College for a Second Year in a Row

October 30, 2014

For Immediate Release: 22 October 2014

WINNIPEG, MB – Red River College ranked sixth out of 50 Canadian research colleges and polytechnics, having posted $5.82 million in research income during the 2013 fiscal year. The ranking is based on Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges List, released October 22 by Research Infosource Inc.

The College moved up in rankings from last year, where it placed seventh with $4.37 million in research income.

“Red River College has been a leader in applied research over the last decade, and we’ve seen a steady increase in research income each year,” said David Rew, Interim President & CEO, Red River College. “Applied research is an integral part of our overall strategy – it contributes in a very productive way to our communities and the experience of our students.”

Red River College is best known for its applied research capabilities related to extreme climate and cold weather technologies and applications, but several other research thrusts are rapidly emerging.

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Red River College Fosters Kids Creativity

October 30, 2014

RRC to host Global Cardboard Challenge

For Immediate Release: 10 October 2014

WINNIPEG, MB – Today, Red River College’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program in partnership with IKEA Winnipeg join with children’s organizations around the world for the 2014 Global Cardboard Challenge — an event that encourages kids to harness their imagination and creativity while turning everyday household items into treasures.

2014 RRC Cardboard Challenge

Kids are encouraged to be as creative as possible at the cardboard challenge.

Inspired by Caine’s Arcade — a short film about a young boy whose cardboard creations triggered a worldwide movement celebrating the “power of play” — the event is organized globally by the Imagination Foundation, a not-for-profit dedicated to raising the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

“IKEA is a key corporate partner for this community event,” says Louise Gordon, dean, Health Sciences and Community Services, Red River College. “Their willingness to provide supplies, staff, and expertise is vital to making this cardboard challenge a reality and Red River College is grateful for their support.”

Red River College will host 60 children participating from four local childcare centres, one Aboriginal Head Start program, and one Winnipeg school. Each group of children will be paired with a team of adults comprised of one IKEA staff member and two second-year ECE students.

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During Mental Health Awareness Week Red River College launches Mind it!

October 30, 2014

For Immediate Release: October 15, 2014

WINNIPEG, MB – Red River College (RRC) in partnership with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) came together to develop a mental health strategy for the college community titled Healthy Minds Healthy College that includes launch of an online resource called Mind it!

Mind-it-finalThe Healthy Minds Healthy College strategy is comprehensive and systemically based, recognizing everyone has a role to play in the positive mental health of the college community. The goal was to cultivate an environment of support that provides a sense of well-being, belonging, connectedness, and positive mental health for all students, faculty and staff.

“The advisory committee that came together in support of this initiative is to be commended,” said Laureen Janzen, Coordinator, Counselling and Accessibility Services (Chair), Red River College. “The vision of Healthy Minds Healthy College was to offer evidence-informed options to respond to the mental, social, psychological and spiritual needs of students, faculty and staff and the committee has exceeded those expectations.”

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