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Ontario Upgrading Training Centres In Waterloo

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Ontario Upgrading Training Centres In Waterloo

McGuinty Government Building Training And Apprenticeship Opportunities

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

Ontario is helping training centres gear up to train more workers for the high-skilled jobs of the future.

The province is investing over $650,000 over the next three years in two training centres in Kitchener-Waterloo, through the Ontario Skills Training Enhancement Program (OSTEP).

  • The United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters and Welders Local 527 Joint Training Committee in Waterloo will expand its training centre - adding a second shop area and more classroom facilities.
  • Central Ontario Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in Kitchener will upgrade its training centre and purchase equipment, including green energy technology, for a test lab to improve the training programs for electrical workers.

Funding is part of the $2-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan that gives Ontarians a competitive edge by training for tomorrow's high-skilled jobs.

Quick Facts

  • OSTEP is a cost-sharing program that encourages partnerships between governments and industry to expand facilities and modernize equipment to keep pace with new technological requirements of the skilled trades.
  • UA Local 527 will receive $500,000 and Central Ontario Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee over $150,000 to help upgrade their training facilities.
  • There are over 150 trades in the construction, industrial, motive power and service sectors that offer apprenticeships.

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“OSTEP funding will help our industry partners invest in training and infrastructure to build the next generation of skilled tradespeople in Ontario.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Investing in both the Central Ontario JATC in Kitchener and UA Local 527 JTC in Waterloo gives our community a skills advantage.”

Leeanna Pendergast

MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga



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