A northwestern B.C. development company has received a grant to help continue building stronger communities in northern parts of the province.
The Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) announced in mid-January that its Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) Program has received a $600,000 grant from TD Bank Group’s (TD) TD Ready Commitment program. The grant will be divided evenly to cover the next two years of the Tahltan HEO pilot program.
After a successful inaugural year-one pilot, the program is moving forward with an expanded framework that will increase the skill set of Tahltan individuals. The innovative HEO program includes drivers license support, HEO mentor training and HEO development, and is intended to combine training in Tahltan Territory with on-the-job practical work experience.
TNDC chair, Carol Danielson, says the corporation is excited to work with TD and is grateful for their commitment and belief in the HEO program.
“By investing in educating and empowering individuals, we can build stronger, more resilient Tahltan communities and create a brighter future for all,” she said. “Through this grant, TNDC’s HEO Program will be able to expand its reach and impact into years two and three of the program, enabling TNDC to provide vital educational support to a larger number of deserving individuals, unlocking their potential and opening doors to brighter futures.”
TD wants to help prepare people for the jobs of tomorrow by investing in organizations that offer skills training that is geared towards improving income stability, according to TD vice president of indigenous banking, Doris Bear.
“We recognize the positive impact and value that programs like the Tahltan HEO Program can bring to communities and local economies,” she said. “Through the TD Ready Commitment, we’re proud to support this initiative aimed at helping address skill shortages in the Territory while also providing hands-on work experiences for participants.”
TD has committed $1 billion in grants, to be given out by 2030, for community programs that it says support change, progress and inclusivity.