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Investing in People and Businesses in Western Ontario

Province Provides $1.9 Million in Funding for Training in Steel Sector

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

KITCHENER — Ontario's Government is helping people across Western Ontario prepare for successful careers in the steel sector by partnering with employers and investing in skills training. 

Today, David Piccini, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities announced $1.9 million in provincial funding for an innovative Skills for Steel training project. This will help get people working by providing them with the technical and job-ready skills they need.

Skills for Steel will also help employers by providing sector-focused employment services, including job matching and placement, and employment retention services.

"Our Government knows employers are looking for job-ready people to help fill vacancies in Western Ontario," said Piccini. "By funding projects like these, we're creating opportunities for over 200 people to put their skills to work in good, permanent jobs. I'm proud that our Government is investing in people and their potential."

The YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford is receiving $1.9 million in funding to help over 200 workers and unemployed Ontarians gain the skills and work experience employers in Western Ontario need. The training will take place in Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge Region, and Brantford.

"Our government is committed to opening up the steel sector to jobs and this funding will help the industry find the skilled workforce it needs to grow," said Piccini. "The steel sector in Hamliton is important to Ontario's economy and is an anchor for other industries including auto, energy and construction. That's why we are helping the industry grow and create jobs."

Skills for Steel is one of 19 active SkillsAdvance Ontario projects across Ontario, dedicated to connecting job-seekers with sector-specific training for good, local jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is supporting the SkillsAdvance Ontario project Skills for Steel with $1.9 million over three years.
  • The steel sector is vital for Ontario’s economy and is an anchor for other industries including auto, energy and construction. The Hamilton steel cluster is key to the steel industry, both in converting raw materials into industrial inputs or finished steel products, and in fabricating and using steel as components of products.
  • The YMCA of Hamilton-Burlington-Brantford 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 job-seekers to training and job opportunities.

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