Union Gas Helps Promote Trades To Aboriginal Youth Through $20,000 Grant For "Skills Work!® For Aboriginal Youth" Program

Waterloo, ON, May 3, 2016 - Union Gas supports "Skills Work!® For Aboriginal Youth" with a $20,000 grant to Skills Ontario to help fund programs that encourage Aboriginal youth to pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades and technology sectors.

"Union Gas feels passionate about investing in our youth and in giving them the opportunity to explore skilled trades as a career option," said Tim Kennedy, vice president government & aboriginal affairs, Union Gas.  "We are thrilled to continue our support of Skills Ontario because we know that First Nation and Métis students from across Ontario are better informed about the tremendous career opportunities available in skilled trades and technologies through the "Skills Work!® For Aboriginal Youth" program."

During a time when there is a shortage of skilled workers to meet growing demand across many industry sectors, the In-School Presentation program encourages thousands of Aboriginal youth to pursue career opportunities in the skilled trades and technology sectors. The initiatives include summer camps for Grade 7 and Grade 8 students, hands-on workshops and participation in the Ontario Technological Skills Competition. The grant helps support three Aboriginal liaison officers, in London, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie, who travel across the province to promote careers in skilled trades and technologies.

"Aboriginal-focused initiatives are a key, strategic component of Skills Ontario programming. The financial and ongoing community support we receive from Union Gas provides us with the necessary resources to positively impact the career choices of young Aboriginal people in Ontario," said Shaun Scott, Chair of the Skills Ontario Board of Directors.  "We are encouraged to see the increased interest expressed by Aboriginal communities from across the province - including the launch of a new First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Conference at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition this year -- and we thank Union Gas for their continued support of "Skills Work!® For Aboriginal Youth" program."

About Skills Ontario
Skills Ontario is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the skilled trades and technologies as viable first-choice career options for Ontario youth. Throughout the year, we promote the skilled trades and technologies through our in-school presentations, the Ontario Technological Skills Competition (OTSC), Cardboard Boat Race Competitions, Women’s Career Exploration Events and Conferences and our Aboriginal Initiatives.

For more information, visit skillsontario.com or find us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with over 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2016, and has assets of $7.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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For more information, contact:

Union Gas Limited
Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
astass@uniongas.com 

Skills Ontario
Anne Ramsay
Communication Officer
Ph: 519-749-9899 ext. 230
aramsay@skillsontario.com