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New Skills-Training Facility Opens for At-Risk Youth

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New Skills-Training Facility Opens for At-Risk Youth

Ontario Helping Youth At Risk Gain Employable Skills

Ontario is marking the grand opening of a new trades building at the William E. Hay Centre in Ottawa, which will give at-risk youth job skills-training such as dry walling, woodworking and small engine repair.

The Tamarack Trades Training Centre at the William E. Hay Centre will serve detained youth, aged 12 to 17, to help them learn trade skills, and make a positive contribution in their communities after their release. Research shows that youth in the justice system, who have access to vocational or employment training programs while in school, are more likely to have successful rehabilitation and reintegration.

A strong youth justice system that holds youth accountable for their actions, while providing the right supports to help them succeed in life is part of Ontario's four-part plan to build Ontario up. The plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • The $2.8 million provincial investment is part of the government’s long-term infrastructure plan. Ontario is investing more than $130 billion over 10 years in communities across the province to shore up infrastructure in a variety of areas including education, health care and broadband.
  • The new 4,400-square-foot Tamarack Trades Training Centre includes a general workshop, automotive and metal shop, and a greenhouse.
  • The William E. Hay Centre is operated by the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, which is a not-for-profit community agency that specializes in dealing with youth issues.
  • The Tamarack Trades Training Centre facility is designed to meet Algonquin College teaching facility standards and has the potential to be geared toward pre-apprenticeship programs.

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“Our province’s youth justice facilities hold youth accountable for their actions while also providing them with support to help them succeed, post release. This new training facility will help provide these young people with employable skills, thereby helping them as they reintegrate into the community.”

Tracy MacCharles

Minister of Children and Youth Services

“Infrastructure Ontario is delighted to have taken on the role of overseeing development and construction of the Tamarack Trades Training Centre addition at the William E. Hay Centre. This new 4400 square foot facility was purpose designed and built in consultation between IO, its service providers and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to provide flexible spaces for skills training.”

Bert Clark

President and CEO Infrastructure Ontario

“The Tamarack Trades Training Centre, made possible by the Ontario government and our sponsors, will play an important role in ensuring that at risk youth are not defined by their past. It will help give them skills that will equip them to make good choices and a positive contribution to society.”

Joanne Lowe

Executive Director, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

“This 2.8 million dollar investment will have a lasting, positive impact on our community. The new trades training facility at the William E. Hay Centre will provide our young people with the opportunity to learn employable skills such as automotive, electrical, framing, greenhouse and metal work which will help them make the transition back into our community, find work and contribute positively to society.”

John Fraser

MPP Ottawa South

Media Contacts

  • Matt Iannucci

    Minister’s Office


  • Anne Machowski-Smith

    Ministry of Children and Youth Services




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