a $1.5billion investment for skilled trades in ontario

skilled trades and education were clearly the two winners in the ontario provincial budget announcement this week.

the skilled trades shortage is growing every day, and by 2030 ontario alone will be short nearly 360,000 skilled trades workers – these are the folks that help to build our libraries, maintain our schools, install plumbing in our condos, and lay down the cable for our internet everywhere.

the ontario government announced an investment of $1.5billion for a skills to jobs action plan, which includes $75million to increase apprenticeship programs, $355million over 3yrs for a second career strategy that will help 20,000 unemployed workers transition into new careers and well-paying jobs in growing areas of the economy, and $200million for colleges to purchase modern equipment for apprenticeship training and for maintenance and renewal of university facilities.

“we made a choice, we’ve chosen to invest in skills and training. we have chosen to invest in education.” said provincial finance minister dwight duncan.

with this announcement, the provincial government has also asked that richard florida study the changing composition of ontario’s workforce and economy.

this is all very good news for the state of education and skilled trades in ontario.

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One Response to “a $1.5billion investment for skilled trades in ontario”

  1. if I had my life over, I would have become a skiled tradesman. Good man, always in need, and doing something essential. Office work is lame.

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