OAKVILLE, ONT. — A $3.7 million investment from the Government of Ontario will help up to 2,500 workers start or advance in careers in the construction industry.
The announcement was made recently by Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton in an effort to combat the labour shortage.
The investment will help Merit Ontario, an organization that supports contractors who employ both unionized and non-unionized workers, to expand its online job bank. The job bank matches thousands of people with construction jobs at more than 300 small, medium and large employers in their communities and helps jobseekers assess their skills, access additional training and prepare for interviews.
The funding will also support Merit’s online training centre which is helping up to 2,500 construction workers train for the next step in their careers and earn more take-home pay, the release states.
The funding will come from the Skills Development Fund, a $560 million initiative.
“The Government of Ontario’s continued investment in Construction Ontario helps small and medium-sized construction employers and their employees access high-quality, engaging and accessible training to help them improve their productivity and enhance health and safety in the workplace,” said Mike Gallardo, president and CEO of Merit Ontario, in a statement.