Lightweight Learning: Ontario expands online micro-credential training portal

Toronto, Ontario — The credentials may be micro-sized, but the difference they will make on a resume is huge, as the government of Ontario announced a $300,000 investment in the eCampusOntario training portal launched on Wednesday.

With several automotive courses already listed by institutions across the province, the eCampusOntario portal attempts to consolidate Ontario-based micro-credential programs onto a single platform to allow tradespeople to enhance their skills with ease.

Micro-credentials are short training courses, ranging from less than a day to several weeks in length, aimed to supplement a worker’s pre-existing skills or provide them with skills necessary to change careers. 

“Our government continues to prioritize quick, flexible training opportunities that will prepare Ontarians for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. 

“These micro-credentials will be developed in collaboration with industry to respond to regional labour market needs and will strengthen partnerships between postsecondary institutions, training providers and employers.”

Since March, the Ontario government has also expanded the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to be applicable to more than 1,200 micro-credential courses.

The government has invested a total of $60 million into the micro-credential strategy since 2020.


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