• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Supporting Construction Training in Hamilton

March 30, 2021

HAMILTON — The Ontario government is investing $592,000 to help prepare 150 people in Hamilton for well-paying jobs in the construction sector, such as environmental engineers, surveyors, civil engineers and general managers to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Additionally, this support will help employers reduce obstacles to hiring, training and retaining workers and apprentices. This initiative is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy with funding being provided through the government's $115 million Skills Development Fund. Details were provided today by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. "Our government launched the Skills Development Fund to generate innovative solutions to get Ontario back to work and ensure businesses have access to the qualified people they need to recover from the pandemic," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "Through our new program in Hamilton, participants will learn world-leading best practices while gaining the critical skills and knowledge they need to fill in-demand jobs and support economic growth in the province." The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering is among the first applications approved through the Fund. In partnership with McMaster University, they will develop a Sustainable Infrastructure Training Program. This new certificate program will provide training and resources to prepare up to 150 current and future technologists and engineers in the construction sector to design, construct, operate, and maintain infrastructure that is sustainable and resilient to climate changes. The Hamilton-based training program will also drive economic growth by helping address an expected shortage of construction workers at a time when many key infrastructure proj