Helping manufacturers compete
McGuinty Government Helping Ontario Manufacturers In The New Economy
A new training program to make Ontario's manufacturing sector more competitive in the global marketplace was launched today by the Yves Landry Foundation.
The program is being supported by a $25 million investment from the Ontario government, a commitment first announced in the 2008 Budget.
The program will provide up to $50,000 per project for training within Ontario manufacturing companies. Examples of eligible training projects include:
- Developing new engineering skills
- Training in the use of new software, hardware or other tools to support innovation
- Retraining to use new technologies, new manufacturing methods, or new processes or procedures that improve competitiveness.
The program will help companies adapt to the new global economy. Application forms are available at www.yveslandryfoundation.com.
- The Yves Landry Foundation was established in 1998 to advance technological education and skills training.
- Manufacturing accounted for 14.4 per cent of Ontario's total employment in 2007.
- Ontario has the second highest number of manufacturing employees of any jurisdiction in North America, after California.
“Congratulations to those leaders, particularly at the Foundation and my colleague Minister Sandra Pupatello, for implementing this important vision in our budget. The Ontario government is strengthening our manufacturing industries and investing in the people who will be leading the charge toward prosperity.”
“We are positioning Ontario as a global leader by investing in the ability of our people to succeed. Our skilled, educated, and diverse workforce is a key factor in attracting foreign investment and creating jobs here in Ontario. An investment in the skills of our greatest asset, our people, is an investment in a stronger Ontario.”
“Since its inception, the Yves Landry Foundation has worked to establish education and training programs that support and encourage the development of highly qualified technical people focusing on innovation and skills development in all areas of the business. Competitiveness through innovation is the only survival route for Ontario 's manufacturing companies and we are extremely proud to be partnering with the provincial government in offering this innovative manufacturing competitiveness initiative.”