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Pitch Meeting: Applications for Ontario Skills Development Fund now open

Toronto, Ontario – Looking for an opportunity to support your local skilled trades community? Applications for the Ontario government’s new two-year $115 million Skills Development Fund are now open.

Focusing on those in the field of skilled trades training, such as employers, apprenticeship training delivery agents, unions and post-secondary institutions, the Skills Development Fund aims to “help reduce obstacles to hiring, training and retaining while preparing workers for the province’s economic recovery,” according to the press release from Friday.

With applications now open, the Ontario government plans on distributing the $115 million fund amongst parties who will have the opportunity to pitch an initiative that promotes skilled trades training, for which they will receive funding.

Pitch examples include: “a digital career fair that allows employers to connect with job seekers impacted by COVID-19, mentorship programs and career counselling for apprentices while they are training on-the-job, the creation of training materials that teach employers how to accommodate employees who have disabilities.”

“When faced with unprecedented challenges we need innovative solutions, that’s why we developed this new Skills Development Fund. It will lead to fresh and creative ideas to help get people back on the job and kick-start our communities” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. 

“My message to workers is clear—there is hope and opportunity around the corner. I’m calling on everyone—businesses, union leaders and training providers—to submit your ideas and participate in our economic recovery.”

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