Province announces new round of skills training partnership funding

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Province announces new round of skills training partnership funding

TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Economic Development and Trade Minister Bob Runciman today announced a $9.6-million provincial commitment to the latest round of winning projects in the Ontario Strategic Skills Investment (SSI) program, an initiative involving government, business and education partners in the development of skilled workers needed to help Ontario's economy compete, grow and create jobs.
The provincial commitment in this round is complemented by an additional $46.7 million from business and education partners.
"The Ontario government recognizes that a highly-skilled, well-trained workforce is one of our province's key competitive advantages," said Runciman. "The Strategic Skills Investment program has clearly made a significant contribution to support our industries so that Ontario can compete more effectively in a global economy."
Runciman made today's announcement at the official opening of the Interior Finishing Systems Training Centre, a drywall installation and finishing training facility which received over $1.2 million from the Ontario Skills Investment program.
The six winning Strategic Skills Investment projects announced today are:
- Construction Training in the New Millennium for the Carpenters' Union
Local 27 in Toronto
- Niagara Tourism Industry Development Centre at Niagara College in
Niagara Falls
- Geomatics Institute @Fleming at Sir Sandford Fleming College in
- State-of-the-Art Training Centre for Painter/Decorator and
Glazier/Metal Mechanic Trades in Ontario for the Ontario Industrial
and Finishing Skills Centre in Toronto
- EP3 - Education Program for Photonics Professionals at the University
of Waterloo in Waterloo
- Confederation College Forestry Centre at Confederation College in
Thunder Bay.

Since the Strategic Skills Investment program began in 1998, a total of 44 projects have received $72 million in provincial government funding. Business and education partners have contributed an additional $216 million. SSI is a $130-million, multi-year program that supports projects that accelerate skills development partnerships between training providers and business.

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For further information: James Wallace, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8779; Lisa Jakobsen, Communications and Public Affairs Branch, (416) 325-0794