2.03.12 - “We will rebuild Ontario’s economy and bring good manufacturing jobs back to the province”
The Ford government announced a number of investments in the Skills Development Fund (see more here) and in opening up skilled jobs (see more here). This promise is considered in progress while the new program is delivered, and its status will depend on actual numbers of manufacturing jobs in the province at the end of the Ford government’s term.
“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 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.”
[Ed. Note: See row “Manufacturing”. At the end of Ford’s first term, there were 776,200 manufacturing jobs in Ontario.]