• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Supports Hands-on Training Opportunities for Postsecondary Students

March 10, 2021

TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing $39.5 million to help Mitacs - an organization that builds partnerships between education and industry - create up to 8,000 paid innovative research internships and upskilling opportunities for postsecondary students, postdoctoral fellows and recent graduates. This investment will help build a highly skilled workforce and prepare Ontarians for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. "By increasing funding in work-integrated learning, we are preparing the next generation of talent with the experience they need to get good jobs after graduation," said Ross Romano, Minister of Colleges and Universities. "We're also supporting employers, who are looking for students and graduates with real-world experience so they can make an immediate impact in the workforce." Mitacs is a national non-profit organization that builds partnerships between education and industry to facilitate high-quality research internships in various fields, including law, technology, business, environment and health. Recently, at Ontario Tech University, interns worked on a project that conducted wastewater-based community testing to predict the local spread of COVID-19 and help with long-term planning for disease prevention. In another project, interns at Myant Inc. supported the development of reusable surgical masks and N95 respirators. "While COVID-19 has changed the way we work today, our government is making sure people in Ontario are ready for the jobs of tomorrow," said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. "There are tens of thousands of well-paying, high-skilled jobs going unfilled across the province every day. This funding will help young people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and find their dream careers." Investing in