Investing in training and job opportunities in Waterloo Region

Published on September 18, 2020

Province supporting new training partnership to help more people find jobs

Sept. 18, 2020

Kitchener – Today, Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South-Hespeler was joined by Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga at Conestoga College, Doon Campus, to announce that Ontario is
investing more than $3.8 million to help residents of Waterloo Region train for good jobs in the manufacturing and automotive sectors.

“Jobs change lives,” Fee said. “The investments announced today will support the skilled trades labour shortage, and benefit women working in skilled trades, mid-career workers and summer

Recipients of funding are:

• Communitech: $295,104 for the Framework for Future-Proofing Communities through
Agile and Responsive Training project,

• Work-Based Learning Consortium: $494,400 for the CNC Machinist Women [Level 1]
Plus - Selection, Hiring, Experiential Learning & Certification,

• Conestoga College: $260,000 to develop a Manufacturing Quality: Measurement Skills
Micro-credential course,

• Canadian Tooling and Machining Association: $1,095,000 to support their CareerReady

• Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada: $1,677,000 to support their summer placements,
the co-op program and apprentices at the Cambridge plant.

“Jobs in the skilled trades are challenging, exciting, and well-trained workers are still in high
demand in Waterloo Region”, said Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga. “With this
investment of $3.8 Million in our Region, hundreds of workers will be able to take advantage of
the opportunity to enhance their skills and get the training they need to advance their careers
in the skilled trades”.

Provincewide, the government is investing $37 million in 86 projects to help more than 15,000
job seekers get the skills they need to become job ready. Local training is provided by
university, college, community and industry organizations. Today’s announcement was made
on behalf of Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.


“Career-Ready with CTMA provides post-secondary students, recent graduates, and new
apprentices with experiential work placements and opportunities to learn real-world skills and
gain valuable workplace experience. The program seeks to match prospective employers with
potential candidates who have passed industry-specific screening and assessment tests.
Employers receive some financial assistance for each experiential work placement provided,
which helps offset the costs associated with hiring and training these new employees.” Robert
Cattle, executive director, CTMA

“The Work-Based Learning Consortium (WBLC) is very pleased and honoured to have been
selected by the Ontario government to receive $494,400 in funding to carry out this innovative
project – CNC Machinist Women [Level 1] Plus - Selection, Hiring, Experiential Learning &
Certification – that bridges the gap between employers with skilled job vacancies and unskilled
job seekers wanting a good job, skills and a rewarding career, with a particular focus on
women. It responds strongly to three of the Sector Catalyst Fund’s Workforce Development
Themes: Employer-Led Investments in Training, Developing Skills and Competencies, and
Supporting Job Pathways, so job seekers can ‘earn while they learn’ to be a skilled CNC
Machinist, employers can quickly and reliably meet their chronic skills shortages and expand
their business, and Ontario taxpayers can be confident that it will yield a high return on their
investment.” Rod Jones, managing director, Work-Based Learning Consortium

“Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. (TMMC) has a long and successful history of
employing students and apprentices for experiential learning opportunities. Many of these
students have gone on to gain full-time employment at Toyota, to mutual benefit. The Career
Ready Fund is an excellent vehicle to augment our existing ties to post-secondary institutions, as
well as develop and benefit from new relationships.” Scott MacKenzie, senior national
manager, external affairs, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.

“We greatly appreciate the province’s investment to support residents and businesses in our
community. Conestoga’s Manufacturing Quality micro-credential will provide opportunities for
underemployed workers to advance in their careers and help laid-off workers gain skills that will
allow them to return to the workforce and make positive contributions to the manufacturing
sector across the province.” John Tibbits, president, Conestoga College

“Thanks to the support of the Ontario Government, we can complete vital work to ensure our
community is prepared for the Future of Work – whatever it may hold. With the Framework for
Future-Proofing Communities through Agile and Responsive Training program, we will create
tools to share with communities across Ontario that will give learners a pathway to improve
their skills and learn new ones.” Iain Klugman, CEO and president, Communitech

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