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Skilled Trades and Jobs

The Ford PC Government recognizes that enhancing the skilled trades sector will provide workers for some of the 338,835 vacant jobs across Ontario.

At a time when the Ford PC Government is building Ontario, it’s never been more vital that we attract more workers to fill the in-demand jobs. Below are the investments being made:

  • 107 new Correctional Officers will be hired, with 19 graduates to work in the North, including the Thunder Bay Jail and Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.
  • Making it easier for in-demand professionals and tradespeople to relocate to Ontario by ensuring that out-of-province workers can register in their regulated profession or trade within 30 days. 
  • Recognizing all 55 Red Seal Trades is a federal/provincial partnership to create a common standard for apprenticeship training and certification.
  • $15 million investment to create new industry-relevant rapid training programs, with up to 250 new programs available for enrollment in 2022. Some of these micro-credentials will build skills such as artificial intelligence, network security, mental health and dementia care, Indigenous relations, tourism and marketing.
  • $300,000 for a new portal to make it easier to explore hundreds of rapid training opportunities in one place. 
  • $1 million investment to prepare 600 people for a career in food and beverage processing with free online training. Job seekers will be provided with training, mentorship and job placements with local employers in baking, food science, and food production and processing.
  • $681,000 to Confederation College to train up to 75 new energy advisors. These are the people who provide home energy audits for homeowners seeking to take advantage of the Canada Greener Homes Grant to upgrade and improve energy efficiency.
  • Improving day job protection for military reservists to return to their jobs after training or deployment.

“As we plan for an increase in resource-based industries and the spin-off jobs associated with that growth in Northwestern Ontario, ensuring workforce readiness is vital.” – Kevin Holland