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The Canadian Welding Association (CWA) Foundation has created an industry repository for welding equipment and materials to ease the financial burden of running secondary school welding programs.

Recently launched, the repository will be supported by industry through contributions of equipment, supplies and materials that will be accessed for free by secondary school educators across Canada.

“This equipment and materials repository is the first of its kind for welding secondary school educators in Canada,” said Deborah Mates, Executive Director of the CWA Foundation. “We continuously hear from educators of the financial burden welding materials cost, such as consumables, personal protective equipment, steel plates and even welding machines. So we’ve decided to create an avenue where industry can help offset some of these costs by donating to the materials repository. This is a great way assist schools with their welding programs and help the next generation of welding professionals.”

Industry will be able to make donations via the CWA Foundation's web site, where educators will also be able to obtain equipment and materials.

"It's essentially a one-stop shop for drop off and pick up, but in a virtual way.

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