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Ontario Invests in Skilled Trades Training Centre in the North

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Ontario Invests in Skilled Trades Training Centre in the North

Funding Part of Largest Infrastructure Investment in Province’s History

Ontario is investing in the expansion of a training centre in Azilda to help skilled tradespeople access the equipment, training and facilities they need to get good jobs. 

With an investment of $388,500 from the province's Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Carpenters Training Centre is constructing a 3,500‑square-foot addition to its training centre. This new space will be used for a drywall, acoustic and lathing apprenticeship program, and a new carpenter apprenticeship program. The investment will help the centre respond to an increasing demand for its trades training and skills programs.

This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province.

Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.

Supporting tradespeople is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part 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

  • Since 2003, the NOHFC has invested more than $1 billion in 6,870 projects in Northern Ontario, creating or sustaining more than 25,800 jobs.
  • In 2008, the NOHFC provided $488,000 for the construction of the Carpenters Training Centre in Azilda.
  • A Conference Board of Canada report estimated that Ontario’s public infrastructure investment would add more than $1,000 to the average annual income of Ontarians in 2014 and lower the unemployment rate by about one percentage point.
  • The NOHFC’s investments in skills training are part of the Ontario government’s Growth Plan for Northern Ontario.

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“This investment demonstrates our government’s commitment to providing skills training for northerners, close to home. We congratulate the carpenters union for continuing to offer valuable skills upgrading and training.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Chair of the NOHFC

“I’m pleased to see our government showing its support for skills training in Northern Ontario. As a result of this funding, the Carpenters and Joiners Union Local 2486 will be able to expand its training centre, providing much needed space to train the people who are helping to build Ontario up.”

Glenn Thibeault

MPP for Sudbury

“Our centre offers more than 50 training courses, including industry-specific programs and general workplace safety courses. We are proud to have helped train hundreds of workers over the last six years. We thank the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the province for continuing to invest in the training of tradespeople in the North.”

Tom Cardinal

Northern Ontario Manager, Carpenters and Joiners Union Local 2486

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