Ontario Creating Pathways for Youth to Enter the Skilled Trades

Many Ontario employers are facing recruitment challenges, with nearly 219,000 jobs recently going unfilled. Every paycheque not collected is a missed opportunity for a worker and their family to start a better life.

That’s why our government is investing over $4.7 million through the Skills Development Fund (SDF) Training Stream toward three free training projects in the Niagara Region to help 2,318 workers and jobseekers prepare for in-demand careers in the skilled trades and other sectors.

The three projects that are funded are:

$3 million for the Civiconnect Youth Community Engagement Organization
• $1,087,600 for Edge Factor Inc.
• $650,369 for United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners, Local 1007

This brings Ontario’s total investment in Niagara Region training projects through the Skills Development Fund to over $100 million.

As Niagara Region’s population grows, our government is working with labour and industry partners to open new training and apprenticeship opportunities for local workers and jobseekers.

The projects that we’re supporting today showcase the diverse careers in Ontario’s over 140 skilled trades: from welding to millwrighting to IT-related trades, the skilled trades offer well-paying, highly in-demand, meaningful careers for hardworking Ontarians.