Ontario Helping More Young People Train for In-Demand Careers in Construction

New investments prioritizing skilled trades training for students, including underrepresented groups

November 17, 2022

Ontario’s Skills Development Fund is supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

The Ontario government is investing $3.5 million in province-wide training initiatives to help more students launch rewarding careers in the skilled trades. These projects, led by the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO), will prepare nearly 2,000 young people for well-paying jobs in the construction industry, including a path to paid training and union-sponsored apprenticeships.

Quick Facts

  • Tomorrow’s Trades participants will receive $225 per week for training and transportation costs.
  • SDF Round 3 funding applications will be accepted until January 31, 2023. Interested organizations can apply through Transfer Payment Ontario. The province is preparing to launch a dedicated stream for larger capital projects later this year.
  • There are 350,000 jobs in Ontario going unfilled, while one in five job openings in Ontario is projected to be in the skilled trades by 2025.
  • Ontario launched Level Up! skilled trades career fairs for students this November to introduce students from grades 7 to 12 to 144 different skilled trades.