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Bringing the Future of Career Exploration to Ontario

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Bringing the Future of Career Exploration to Ontario

Province supporting ground-breaking virtual reality project in Brockville

BROCKVILLE — Ontario's Government is committing more than $1.4 million to help create a cutting-edge career exploration tool for jobs in the steel and aluminum industries. The Brockville-based Employment and Education Centre will lead a project to develop virtual reality (VR) software and work closely with regional employers to create virtual career exploration modules. Through these modules, job seekers will be able to learn about career options in a dynamic and interactive digital environment. The VR modules can later be used by employment service providers all over the province.

"The CareerLabsVR project will give Ontario businesses a unique new way of attracting talent - workers and jobseekers will have an exciting and compelling way to learn about careers in the steel and aluminum industries," said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds—Grenville—Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. "The CareerLabsVR project is an example of how we are tapping into Ontario's innovation potential and supporting our digital talent."

"Career exploration and counselling are vital to making sure job seekers find good jobs, and employers find the skilled workers they need," said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "The CareerLabsVR project takes things to a whole new level by adding this new technology that will allow employment counsellors to turn any information session into an exciting and engaging experience."

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is supporting the CareerLabsVR project with $1,424,031 over one year.
  • The CareerLabsVR project will produce 10 virtual reality modules related to occupations in the steel and aluminum sector.
  • Steel and aluminum production is a vital industry sector for Ontario. The province has the highest share of Canada’s steel and aluminum production.
  • The CareerLabs VR project allows for the opportunity to leverage virtual reality technology and training to address future opportunities.
  • The Employment and Education Centre is one of more than 300 Employment Ontario partners across Ontario.
  • The Employment Ontario network offers a range of services and supports that help businesses find talent and connect jobseekers to training and job opportunities.

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