Creating Training and Job Opportunities in Ontario

Published on December 07, 2020

Province supporting new training partnership in the City of Hamilton

News Release

Hamilton — The Ontario government is responding to the need for skilled workers in the Health Care and Education sectors by investing more than $1.4 million to provide in-class and on-the-job training for people who would like to be an Early Childhood Education Assistant or Personal Support Worker.

Mohawk College is leading an innovative skills training project in cooperation with local employers to give participants the opportunity to rapidly upgrade their skills to work in occupations that have a high demand for workers.

“We are grateful for the strong support Mohawk College has received from the Province to extend these programs,” said Ron McKerlie, President and CEO of Mohawk College. “This generous funding will provide people with job-specific training and job-ready skills as well as an industry-recognized credential.”

The SkillsAdvance Ontario project will help 70 students in the Early Childhood Education Assistant Program gain the skills and work experience needed by day care centres, after school programming and EarlyOn drop-in centres in Hamilton.

The program will help 64 participants in the Personal Support Worker Training program to acquire the skills to work in the long-term care and community care sectors which have an acute need for employees who can care for our most vulnerable populations.

“Our government recognizes the significant need for skilled personal support and child care workers”, said Donna Skelly, MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook. “Training programs are an essential part of our economic recovery efforts.”

 “With the right training, job seekers and laid-off workers have a shot at landing good jobs” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “That’s why our government is supporting innovative training projects in communities across the province.”


  • Ontario is supporting the SkillsAdvance Ontario Early Childhood Education Assistant Program with more than $722 thousand dollars and the Personal Support Worker Foundations Program with more than $738 thousand dollars.
  • There are currently about 50 active SkillsAdvance Ontario projects across Ontario, dedicated to sector-specific training for jobs in the steel and aluminum, manufacturing, logistics, health care, forestry and other sectors.
  • The Employment Ontario network includes more than 300 partner organizations across Ontario that offer a range of free services and supports that help businesses find workers and connect jobseekers to training and job opportunities.


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