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Ontario announces $37M for training in advanced manufacturing, other industries


The Ontario government has announced $37 million for skills training in a variety of industries including advanced manufacturing.

The funding will go toward 86 projects to provide more than 15,000 people with training for new jobs or upgrading their existing skills.

The programs include internships and other hands-on learning experiences, and in most cases, the training is provided at no charge.

Among the companies receiving funding is The Ford Motor Company of Canada in Oakville, will receive more than $954,000 to create up to 244 co-op learning spots to give college and university students practical, hands-on experience for careers in manufacturing, vehicle connectivity and business operations.

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“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 Premier Doug FordĀ  during the announcement, which was made at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 105 Training Centre in Hamilton.

“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.”

The province is working to finalize agreements with training providers. The full list of successful recipients will be available on September 25, 2020.