Toronto, ON — The Ontario government has introduced another program, which aims to attract more young people to the trades. The training initiative titled Tomorrow’s Trades is set to receive $3.5 million in funding and will be led by the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO).
“Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government has a plan to build. Whether it’s through the launch of our skilled trades career fairs or innovative projects like this, we’re preparing the next generation of young people for six-figure salaries in in-demand industries,” said Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, immigration, training and skills development.
The program provides training to at-risk youth and allows students to explore careers in the construction trades, meet industry mentors, and develop construction sector skills. Additionally, the investment looks to support PBCTCO programs aimed at recruiting people who have traditionally been underrepresented in the construction and skilled trades.
The PBCTCO brings together 12 construction unions with a province-wide membership of 150,000 workers.
The programs are available for students in London, Hamilton-Niagara Peninsula, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor-Sarnia and Sudbury until March 2023.