Connecting Huron-Bruce and Grey workers with jobs through ‘Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover’

Published on November 09, 2020
[HURON-BRUCE, GREY COUNTIES] — The Ontario government is investing $180.5 million to help...


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NEWS                                                               November 9, 2020

 
[Huron-Bruce,Grey Counties] — The Ontario government is investing $180.5 million to help workers hard hit by COVID-19 to retrain and re-enter the workforce. Part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, this investment includes: a skilled trades strategy, an additional $100 million of dedicated investments through Employment Ontario for skills training, a redesigned Second Career program, and $59.5 million to help workers acquire in-demand skills.

“Connecting job-seekers with employment and professional development opportunities is key to our strong recovery form COVID-19,” said MPP Lisa Thompson, Minister of Government and Consumer Services. “This investment will help the hardest hit workers in our community to develop in-demand skills, and provide a qualified, highly-trained workforce to our local employers.”

Between February and May 2020, employment in Ontario declined by 1,156,500, or 15.3 per cent. Among those most impacted by the pandemic have been workers in the tourism and hospitality sector, women, and youth aged 15 to 24. While there has been a strong recovery in jobs, employment in October remained 287,400 jobs below its preCOVID19 level and unemployment remained at 9.6 per cent.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, we have promised to be there to help protect and support people who are struggling. I am pleased to see this significant investment to help workers across Bruce and Grey build on their skills and connect with new career opportunities in the skilled trades,” said Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker. "This initiative will help men and women get the critical skills they need, help build a more resilient workforce, and help fill critical job vacancies as we look to rebuild our economy here in Bruce and Grey and across Ontario.”

Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, said “Now is the time to invest in retraining our workers, so they are ready to contribute to the recovery of our province. “Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover will help job seekers, particularly those most affected by COVID-19, to get the skills they need.”

To help people upgrade their skills, this investment will go to micro-credentials, employment services, and training programs, including apprenticeships. As Ontario’s economy recovers, the province is taking comprehensive action to help people get back to work, particularly in among groups and sectors most impacted by the pandemic.

“We are committed to taking action to support Ontario’s workers, and Ontario’s economic recovery,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Our Skilled Trades Strategy will support businesses and help prepare people for jobs by creating a flexible skilled trades and apprenticeship system that will best prepare Ontario workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

QUICK FACTS:
  • Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover includes an additional $100 million of dedicated investments through Employment Ontario for skills training, a redesigned Second Career program, and $59.5 million to acquire in-demand skills
  • From June to October, employment in Ontario has risen by 868,600 jobs
  • Ontario’s real GDP is projected to decline by 6.5 per cent in 2020 and rise by 4.9 per cent in 2021. Ontario’s economic growth is expected to continue after 2021, with real GDP projected to rise 3.5 per cent in 2022 before moderating to 2.0 per cent growth in 2023.
  • Ontario was the first jurisdiction in Canada to release a fiscal outlook that reflected the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in its March 25, 2020 Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.


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Media contact: Lindsey Lim
linsey.lim@ontario.ca