Ontario Building Skilled Workforce in Sudbury

SUDBURY — Ontario's Government for the People is helping students across the province prepare for successful careers in the skilled trades and technology sectors so that employers have the skilled workforce they need to make Ontario open for business and open for jobs.

Today, Ross Romano, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, was at Cambrian College to discuss Ontario's historic investment into pre-apprenticeship programs and applied research at the college. This will help people gain trade and technology-specific knowledge, portable job skills, and valuable work experience they need to secure good, well-paying jobs.

This year, the government expanded its investment into the Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program to $18.3 million - an increase of $5 million from the previous year. This funding will allow colleges and other community organizations to offer 84 programs across the province that will introduce over 1,600 people to the trades. The program connects people with new opportunities to get publicly-funded training for careers in trades-related jobs and to further explore apprenticeship.

Two projects at Cambrian College will help female Indigenous participants take part in a 45-week Welder program, and participants from First Nations Communities on Manitoulin Island will get hands-on experience in a 26-week program focusing on skills and experience needed for General Carpentry, Electrician and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic trades. Both these projects will include work placements that will help fill demand for skilled workers in Sudbury.

"Our government knows that employers are looking for job-ready people to help fill vacancies in the skilled trades," said Ross Romano, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. "By expanding funding this year for pre-apprenticeship training programs, we are helping more people get a successful start on the path to apprenticeship. These programs are designed to help people interested in apprenticeships to bridge the gap between the skills they have and the skills employers need."

On behalf of Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Minister Romano also announced Cambrian College is receiving over $1.9 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for Cambrian College's Applied Research department.

Cambrian helps businesses develop new technologies and processes by providing research and development services. This investment will help the department complete its Tools and Tech for Innovation initiative, including modernizing and expanding its current space, and purchasing specialized equipment to build a state-of-the-art facility. The new equipment and facility will also provide Cambrian students with valuable work experience and skills development through employment and co-op placements in the department, and will lead to five new full-time technician positions and 12 new part-time research positions.

"Thank you to the Government of Ontario and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation for making such important, forward-thinking investments in our people — our students, faculty, and staff," said Bill Best, President of Cambrian College. "The funding announced today ensures our students involved in applied research get to work with the latest technologies and industry leading companies, giving them a leg up on the competition when they graduate and enter the job market. It also allows us to support the training of more women and Indigenous learners for rewarding, well-paying careers in the skilled trades. We're not just building skills and capacity, we're building people and their potential."

"Cambrian College is a leader in training, research and development, and an important contributor to Sudbury's economy. I'm pleased that they're working with us to help more students get training and experience in the trades and technology, so that people can get the tools they need to access the well-paying, highly skilled jobs we need, now and in the future," said Minister Romano.