MILTON ON — The Ontario government is working for workers by investing over $2 million in the Skills Development Fund to the CWB Welding Foundation. This project will offer workers in Milton with the training they need to pursue the in-demand and well-paying jobs in our community.

“Our government is taking strong action for workers and families by expanding on our historic investments in skilled trades training” said Parm Gill, Member of Provincial Parliament for Milton. “With an investment of $2 million from the Ontario Skills Development Fund, we are making sure people have the training they need for a successful career”.

This initiative is supported through the government’s Skills Development Fund, which has provided over $200 million in funding for innovative projects that address challenges to hiring, training, or retraining workers during the pandemic.

“Welding and fabrication are gateway skills required for many careers in the skilled trades and technology sector” said Susan Crowley, Executive Director of the CWB Welding Foundation. “This funding supports educators through hands-on technical training,  providing classroom resources to enhance learning opportunities and improve skills and knowledge. Non-educators are also supported by learning basic welding skills and learning about opportunities and career pathways available in the trades. As part of this program, we will further develop and customize CWB Education’s online educational platforms for secondary education so that teachers and their students can access high-quality training modules and curricula in both English and French. The CWB Welding Foundation is proud to be partnering with the Ontario Council for Technology Education (OCTE) and Collège Boréal in this exciting initiative.”

“Our government is working for workers every day. Through our Skills Development Fund, we’re giving workers the training they need to fill in-demand jobs, earn bigger paycheques and advance in rewarding careers that make their families and communities stronger,” said the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton. “Our government has a workers-first plan to deliver a stronger Ontario. As we build today for a better tomorrow, we need all hands on deck. We’re leaving nobody behind and we’re getting it done.”

This investment builds on the government’s ongoing efforts to attract, support and protect workers, making Ontario the top place in the world to work, live and raise a family. It follows legislation Minister McNaughton recently passed that provides foundational rights for digital platform workersrequirements for employers to disclose their electronic monitoring of employees and for businesses in high-risk settings to have Naloxone kits on hand, and several red tape reductions to encourage out-of-province workers to help fill the generational labour shortage.