2.03.07 - “A re-elected PC government will […] [open] up jobs in the skilled trades”
The Ford government announced a number of investments in the Skills Development Fund (see more here), including increased investment in the auto trade and in construction. As the promise was to open up jobs in the skilled trades, and there has been investment made in opening up jobs, this promise is considered kept.
“This investment [of $3.7 million to help up to 2,500 workers start or advance in well-paying careers in the construction industry] will help Merit Ontario, an organization that supports contractors who employ both unionized and non-unionized workers, to expand their online job bank to match thousands of people with construction jobs at more than 300 small, medium and large employers in their communities. The job bank helps jobseekers assess their skills, access additional training, and prepare for interviews.”
The Ford government announced a new program as part of the Skills Development Fund to train new auto workers in Ontario. This is a step towards the $1bn promised by the government (see more here), and to opening up jobs in the skilled trades, and therefore this promise is considered in progress.
“The Ontario government is working for workers by investing $5 million to provide free training to 500 people from underrepresented groups to prepare them for well-paying jobs in the province’s thriving automotive manufacturing sector. The project will provide participants with the necessary skills for rewarding careers in machine operation, assembly, quality control, and logistics. The program will also help address a critical shortage of workers in a vital industry as Ontario positions itself as a North American leader in auto manufacturing.[…] This project is funded by Ontario’s Skills Development Fund, a more than $200 million initiative that supports innovative programs that connect job seekers with the skills and training they need to find well-paying careers close to home.”