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McGuinty Government Helps Ontarians Get Job-Ready Skills

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McGuinty Government Helps Ontarians Get Job-Ready Skills

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The McGuinty government is building a strong and prosperous economy by building North America's best-educated, most highly skilled workforce. It is increasing the opportunity for more Ontarians to enter challenging and well-paid careers in skilled trades by investing $3.6 million in the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program.

Pre- Apprenticeship Program

In the third part of a three-tiered funding program, the McGuinty government is investing $3.6 million in the Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Through 20 different projects across the province, students strengthen their skills to be eligible for an apprenticeship in a specific skilled trade.

This year, more than 370 people will benefit from participating in the Pre-Apprenticeship Program.

Some of the projects offer students the opportunity to upgrade their academic skills to meet minimum requirements. All programs include a work placement to give participants a real work experience. Courses can last up to 40 weeks. Participation in the program is free.

People interested in participating in the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program can call the JobGrow Hotline at 1-888-JobGrow, or 416-326-5656 in the Toronto area, for details about individual projects.

Skilled trade Organization Project grant
Autobody repairer and collision damage repairer, branch one and two Algonquin College, Ottawain partnership with the college's Job Connect providers $ 228,845
Automotive service technician

Centennial College, Torontoin partnership with the Toronto Automotive Dealers' Association

Niagara College, Welland in partnership with the college's Job Connect providers

St. Clair College, Windsor

$ 261,310



$ 193,135


$ 206,665
Construction craft worker FOCUS Community Development Corporation in partnership with Universal Workers Union Local 183, Life Long Learning Centre Inc. and The Learning Centres Alliston Campus, Alliston $ 154,672
Construction and maintenance electrician Bonnechere Algonquin Community, Pembroke in partnership with Algonquin College and Ontario Power Generation $ 132,416
Educational assistant Collège Boréal, Timminsin partnership with the Conseil Scolaire du Nord-Est de l'Ontario $ 135,396
General carpenter

Durham College, Whitbyin partnership with Carpenters' Union, Local 27, Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust Fund

Georgian College, Bracebridge

$ 202,924



$ 224,730
Hairstylist Adult Learning Centre, Training and Development, Toronto District School Board $ 192,033
Hardware - information technology support analyst Scarborough Training Centre International Inc., Toronto $ 119,586
Horticultural technician Humber College, Torontoin partnership with COSTI Immigration Services and Landscape Ontario $ 172,483
Industrial mechanic millwright

Confederation College, Geraldton

La Cité collégiale, Hawkesbury

$ 74,913

$ 148,377

Native residential construction worker Northern College, Moose Factoryin partnership with Moose Cree First Nation Education Authority and Moose Cree First Nation Housing Authority $ 107,067
Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic United Association, Joint Labour Management Training Committee, Bramptonin partnership with United Association Local 787, The Refrigeration Workers' Local 787, ORAC (Ontario Refrigeration and Air conditioning Contractors Association) Training Fund $ 214,557
Sheet metal worker Mohawk College, Stoney Creek $ 256,353
Truck and coach technician

Fanshawe College, Londonin partnership with the Literacy and Basic Skills Program at the college

Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie

YMCA of Hamilton/Burlingtonin partnership with Mohawk College

$ 211,475

$ 197,874

$ 178,121

Total   $3,612,932

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