The Ontario government is providing $37 million to help more than 15,000 people train for new jobs and upgrade their skills to enable them to contribute to the province’s economic recovery. The funding will support 86 projects and provide training in high-demand skills like information technology, advanced manufacturing, truck driving, construction, and horticulture. The programs include internships and other hands-on learning experiences, and in most cases, the training is provided at no charge.
Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and members of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. The announcement was made at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 105 Training Centre in Hamilton.
“As part of our government’s made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and economic recovery, we are making multi-billion-dollar infrastructure investments in transit, highway, and broadband projects,” said Ford. “To get the job done, we need to train as many electricians, welders, carpenters, and other skilled workers as we can. Today’s investment will ensure we have the right people rebuilding our province and contributing to our long-term success.”
“Jobs change lives. Whether you’re a student, a graduate or a mid-career worker, we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to upgrade their skills, gain practical hands-on experience and find a good job,” said McNaughton. “Today’s announcement is an important step forward and a real opportunity to set people down the path to new in-demand careers.”
“Our government values the workers and businesses that help build Ontario,” said McKenna. “By providing opportunities for thousands of people to upgrade their skills and train for new jobs, we’re making it easier to build a rewarding and life-changing career in the skilled trades.”