Ontario is investing $3.5 million to train young people for jobs in construction and skilled trades.
The projects will prepare nearly 2,000 young people for well-paying jobs in the construction industry. The participants would also have a path to paid training and union sponsored apprenticeship.
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development announced this at the Fishing Trade Institute of Ontario joined by 12 construction unions with a province-wide membership of 150,000 workers.
The projects which would be led by the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario(PBCTCO)would provide training to at-risk youth and allow students to explore lucrative careers in the construction trades, meet industry mentors and develop essential construction sector skills.
The province-wide projects are available in London, Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor-Sarnia and Sudbury until March 2023.
Participants will receive $225 per week for training and transportation. The programs are also aimed at recruiting people who have traditionally been marginalized in construction and skilled trades.