Training Ontario’s Workforce

Our government is working hard to tackle Ontario’s historic labour shortage. In order to ensure the workers of tomorrow have the skills they need, our government is investing $224 Million through the Skills Development Fund to build and upgrade training facilities.

It will help unions, Indigenous centres, and industry associations with funding to build new training centres, or upgrade and convert existing facilities into new training centres with state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

This month, the government has announced five initiatives designed to help get people into in-demand careers.


The Ontario government is investing $2.7 Million to help electrical apprentices upgrade their skills. In partnership with KE Electrical, we are providing 8,500 hours of hands-on training focused on learning technical skills and abilities, health and safety, professional development and other critical industry skills.

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Our government is helping journey persons and apprentices upgrade their skills to be ready for in demand jobs like building/maintaining hospitals, schools & infrastructure. In partnership with Millwright Local 1592, we will be training people on boom lifts and elevating work platforms, forklifts, telehandlers, and scissor lifts, while providing technical and employment supports needed to get to work.

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As part of Your Health: A Plan for Connected and Convenient Care and its plan to hire more health care workers, the Ontario government is helping more students who want to become a paramedic in Ontario by adding more than 300 spaces in paramedic programs at provincial colleges across Ontario this year.

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Personal Support Workers

We are investing $16.5 Million to help fast track training for up to 600 new personal support workers across the province as part of our government’s commitment to ensuring long-term care residents receive an average of four hours of hands-on direct care each day. This program in partnership with Humber College will accelerate the training of existing long-term care staff, such as resident attendants and dietary aides, to become personal support workers faster.

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Truck Drivers

Our government is investing $1.3 Million to help women, newcomers and other underrepresented groups train for well-paying careers in the trucking industry. This funding will provide participants with free training as well as support for transportation, childcare, equipment and living allowances.

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