As part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, the province is providing $180.5 million to connect workers in the tourism and hospitality sector and others most affected by the pandemic to training and jobs.
This investment includes a skilled trades strategy, an additional $100 million of dedicated investments through Employment Ontario for skills training, a redesigned Second Career program, and $59.5 million to acquire in-demand skills.
“We are committed to taking action to support Ontario’s workers, and Ontario’s economic recovery,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Our Skilled Trades Strategy will support businesses and help prepare people for jobs by creating a flexible skilled trades and apprenticeship system that will best prepare Ontario workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
Between February and May 2020, employment declined by 1,156,500, or 15.3 per cent. Among those most impacted by the pandemic include workers in the tourism and hospitality sector, youth aged 15 to 24, and women. While there has been a strong recovery in jobs, employment in October remained 287,400 jobs below its pre‑COVID‑19 level and unemployment remained at 9.6 per cent.
“Now is the time to invest in retraining our workers, so they are ready to contribute to the recovery of our province,” Finance Minister Rod Phillips said. “Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover will help job seekers, particularly those hardest hit by COVID-19, to get the skills they need.”
“I have been a strong supporter of promoting and encouraging employment in Ontario’s skilled trades for decades, MPP Paul Calandra said. “In October 2020, I devoted my entire riding householder newsletter to the topic of Skilled Trades and encourage students, parents and business owners to become familiar with the many avenues that exist to launch a career in the skilled trades including programs for mature adults, and programs students can begin in high school.”
Photo: “Our Skilled Trades Strategy will support businesses and help prepare people for jobs by creating a flexible skilled trades and apprenticeship system,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.