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Ontario Skills Development Fund Now Accepting Applications

February 11, 2021
Ontario Skills Development Fund now accepting applications

Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton recently announced a $115 million Skills Development Fund. Applications for funding are now open until February 28, 2021.

IBEW CCO Executive Secretary Treasurer, James Barry, was recently featured in Electrical Business Magazine on the subject:

“It is essential we strategically manage and prepare for the future. This visionary funding announcement by Minister McNaughton provides support for innovative and effective training approaches that are critical to helping our members continue to contribute to a dynamic and well-trained workforce essential to fueling Ontario’s economic recovery.”

via Electrical Business Magazine.

Read the full article, Ontario unveils “visionary funding” to support workers and apprentices here.

Preparing for the future

To help offset the challenges faced by stakeholders in the skilled trades as a result of Covid-19, the main objectives of the Skilled Trades Fund include:

  • Encouraging innovative ideas and solutions.
  • Enhancing employer engagement in apprenticeship and workforce development.
  • Reducing non-financial barriers in accessing talent.
  • Relieving pandemic-induced labour and financial impacts on businesses and people.
  • Improving capacity of communities to respond to shocks to labour market conditions and support the province’s priority sectors.
  • Encouraging the development of meaningful partnerships.
  • Reducing the administrative burden of human resourcing and support the quickest path to employment opportunities.

For more details, information on eligibility and to submit an application, please click here. The deadline to apply is February 28th.

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