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Ontario Connecting Newcomers With Job Opportunities Across the Province

Organized by the YMCA/YWCA, tailored workshops are being provided to newcomers in Ottawa, Toronto, and other Ontario cities.

October 18, 2021   Logan Caswell

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The Ontario government has announced a new investment of over $900,000 to connect 900 new immigrants across the province with jobs as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, welders, chefs and other in-demand trades.

Details were shared by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, who was joined by Goldie Ghamari, MPP for Carleton, and Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean, at the YMCA/YWCA of the National Capital Region in Ottawa.

Free virtual training sessions are expected to take place where newcomers will also receive job connections needed to enter rewarding careers.

Organized by the YMCA/YWCA, tailored workshops are being provided to newcomers in Ottawa, Toronto, and other Ontario cities. Sessions will continue until the end of February 2022 and participants can access their online workshop on any electronic device.

Through the workshops, eligible participants will learn how to find an apprenticeship, what employers look for when hiring and how to get a Trades Equivalency Assessment. In addition, with the support of the Ontario government, outreach workers are being hired by the YMCA/YWCA to promote connections between newcomers, employers, and local employment service centres. These additional resources will allow them to better connect local job seekers to in-demand careers in the skilled trades.

“We are thrilled to be leading the Ontario Newcomer Trades Action Project in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development,” said Bob Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA-YWCA in the National Capital Region.

This funding is part of Ontario’s over $200 million investment in the Skills Development Fund, an initiative to address challenges employers face in hiring, training and retraining workers and apprentices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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