Ontario hopes to train 15,000 in skilled trades

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The Ontario government is boosting training in skilled trades by $37 million, hoping to provide training for 15,00 people.

The funding will support 86 projects in areas like information technology, advanced manufacturing, truck driving, construction and horticulture. In most cases the training will be free.

“Today’s announcement is an important step forward and a real opportunity to set people down the path to new in-demand careers,” Labour Minister Monte McNaugton said Thursday during the announcement while flanked by members of Ontario’s skilled trades union.

Some of the money will go to promote the idea of women in thre trades. Right now, just four per cent of the people in skilled trades are women.