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Queen’s Park launches skills workshop series for new Canadians

DCN-JOC News Services
Queen’s Park launches skills workshop series for new Canadians

OTTAWA — The Ontario government has announced it is spending $900,000 on a program intended to connect 900 new immigrants across the province with jobs as carpenters, electricians, plumbers, mechanics, welders, chefs and other in-demand trades.

The government will offer free virtual workshops to help the new Canadians receive training and job connections, it was announced Oct. 15.

Organized by the YMCA/YWCA, tailored workshops are being provided to new Canadians in Ottawa, Toronto and other Ontario cities. Sessions will continue until the end of February 2022. Participants can access the online workshop on any electronic device and can register by emailing ontap@ymcaywca.ca or calling 613-788-5001.

The workshops will offer information on how to find an apprenticeship, what employers look for when hiring and how to get a Trades Equivalency Assessment. In addition, outreach workers are being hired by the YMCA/YWCA to promote connections between newcomers, employers and local employment service centres.

Details were announced in Ottawa by Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton.

“Across the province, we continue to hear from businesses in the skilled trades who can’t find the workers they need to grow,” said McNaughton. “These are bigger pay cheques waiting for hardworking people to collect them. This program will connect newcomers with the training and support they need to fill these good local jobs and build better communities.”

“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 CEO of the YMCA-YWCA in the National Capital Region. “By scaling this project to five Ys across the province, and targeting three main stakeholder groups – employers in the sector, service providers, and newcomers – we will improve access to apprenticeship training and employment across Ontario.”

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