The Ontario government is providing $37 million to train over 15,000 job seekers, which will aid the province’s economic recovery efforts.
According to the province, 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.
“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,” Ford said on Thursday.
“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.”
Ford also said the investments will promote more women in trade sectors, and with four daughters he always told they can achieve anything.
“I always told them they can go out and kick some guys butt.”
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Some of the skills training projects receiving funding include the Ford Motor Company of Canada in Oakville receiving more than $954,000 to create up to 244 co-op learning spots to give college and university students work experience.
And the Greenhouse Academy in Thorndale will receive $440,000 to train secondary students about how to grow plants and prepare seedlings for reforestation projects.
Also, Roland Gossage Foundation will receive $500,000 for their Soldiers in Tech project to help up to 45 veterans train for careers in web development and technology.
In addition, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario will receive $450,000 to support women in the trades and for health and safety training.
According to the province, the government is working to finalize agreements with training providers — the full list of successful recipients will be available on September 25.