McGuinty Government Improves Access To Skills Training

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McGuinty Government Improves Access To Skills Training

Milling And Baking Sectors To Benefit From Partnership GUELPH, ON, Sept. 6 - The McGuinty government is investing in WWW.BEST.ONTARIO, a project to improve access to skills training and developmental opportunities for Ontario's milling and baking sectors, Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced today. "This investment will support learning and skills development in the baking and milling sectors," said Dombrowsky. "It will raise the overall skill levels of the people involved, strengthen the research capacity and expertise of the academic institutions, and forge new links between these institutions and our rural communities for the good of all." The province will contribute $750,000 to help the Ontario Cereal Industry Research Council and the Artisan Bakers' Quality Alliance work with the University of Guelph, the Guelph Food Technology Centre, and George Brown College, to develop Workers with Wheat Building and Enhancing Skills in Ontario (WWW.BEST.ONTARIO). The project will enhance access to training by workers from various segments of the industry, and will foster sustainable partnerships between the industry and learning institutions. The training will be targeted at everyone involved from front-line workers to senior executives. "The support of the provincial government is a major achievement in improving access to skills development and other professional development opportunities for workers in the milling and baking sectors," said Henry Olechowski, president, Ontario Cereal Industry Research Council. "The project will help develop the abilities of the existing workforce through customized programs that will be adapted to meet the needs of a diverse sector." This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in Ontario. Other government initiatives to strengthen rural and smaller communities across Ontario include: - Creating an integrated One-Stop training and employment system that will ensure people in rural areas have better access to skills training and labour market services that are tailored to the needs of rural communities - Providing an additional $70 million for the Rural Infrastructure Investment Initiative. This means a total of $140 million will be available for improvements to water systems, roads, bridges and other priorities - Providing $472 million in 2007 to rural municipalities through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund. Today's investment was made through the Rural Economic Development (RED) Program, which invests in community-based projects that support sustainable rural economies in three priority areas: improved access to health care services, revitalized communities and downtowns, and enhanced skills training. Through the RED Program, the province has invested $45.1 million in 139 projects, representing a total investment of $477.4 million in rural Ontario, since 2003. The Ontario government and its partners are building strong rural communities that work better for the people who live in them. Disponible en français www.ontario.ca/omafra Contact Info For further information: Kelly Synnott, Minister's Office, (416) 326-6439; Brent Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 326-9342 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Kelly Synnott, Minister's Office, (416) 326-6439; Brent Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 326-9342