Premier Doug Ford and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, announced Ontario’s plan to address the province’s labour shortage by investing $224 million more to upgrade and build training facilities.

Nearly 300,000 jobs are going unfilled across Ontario. The Skilled Development Fund capital stream will create opportunities for unions and training providers to improve and expand their facilities crucial in preparing workers for these in-demand careers.

“IUOE, Local 793 and the Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) commend Minister McNaughton’s commitment to advancing the skilled trades,” IUOE, Local 793 Business Manager Mike Gallagher said. “Skilled trades workers are at the front line of our economic recovery, with Unions and businesses playing a crucial role in training our next generation of workers through apprenticeship programs. Financially supporting training institutes will help attract more people to the skilled trades, better prepare them for good paying jobs, and address industry needs.”

Read the full news release here.