Honouring Outstanding Employers
McGuinty Government Celebrates Leaders In Apprenticeship Training
Four employers are being honoured for their commitment to apprenticeship training.
The Minister's Apprenticeship Employer Recognition Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Ontario employers who lead the province in their support of apprenticeship. Tonight, at an awards dinner at the Capitol Event Theatre in Toronto, the 2008 awards are being presented to:
- Breaker Technology, Ltd., Thornbury
- Cakes By Tatiana, Ottawa
- Domtar Corporation, Dryden Mill, Dryden
- Hamill Machine Company Inc., Niagara Falls
Twelve regional finalists were also presented with certificates of recognition at the event.
- Ontario's apprenticeship system is the largest in Canada: over 151 apprenticeable trades in four sectors: construction, industrial/manufacturing, motive power and service.
- In Ontario, about 110,000 apprentices are learning a trade today – nearly 50,000 more than in 2002-03.
- Under the government's three-year $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan announced in the 2008 Budget, the province will invest $75 million over the next 3 years, rising to $50 million annually by 2011-12, to further expand the number of apprentices registering in Ontario.
- We have set a target of 32,500 new apprenticeship registrations annually – an additional 25 per cent increase – by 2011-12.
“Investing in people is a cornerstone of the McGuinty government's economic strategy. Our successes come thanks to employers like the ones we're celebrating, and to all of our training partners in building the skilled trades in Ontario.”