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October 11, 2023
Thunder Bay, Ontario – Business – The Ontario government has announced a significant investment of $7.3 million in eight groundbreaking training initiatives, aiming to bolster the Indigenous workforce across Northern Ontario. These projects, funded through Ontario’s Skills Development Fund (SDF) Training Stream, will provide essential skills and training to 1,700 workers, bridging the gap in critical sectors such as mining, logging, construction, healthcare, and tourism. The programs also address the pressing issue of the region’s 17,000 vacant jobs, offering tailored supports including mentorships, paid job placements, mental health resources, transportation, and accommodation.
David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development, expressed his enthusiasm about the initiative, stating, “Across Northern Ontario, thousands of great jobs are waiting to be filled. Our government is proud to invest in groundbreaking training programs that will connect more Indigenous people to the training they need to find life-changing jobs and build stronger communities for everyone.”