Ontario Supporting Employees and Employers in Waterloo Region

Published on December 07, 2020

Two local programs are receiving funding from the Canada Ontario Job Grant to better meet the workforce needs of job creators.

December 7, 2020


WATERLOO REGION- The Ontario government is providing over $238,000 in funding to upgrade the skills of current and future workers in Waterloo Region through the Canada Ontario Job Grant.

Today Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga and Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South-Hespeler announced that ParaMed Home Health Care’s Personal Support Worker Training Program and Future Focus’ Accelerated Leadership Development Training Program are receiving financial support from the Canada Ontario Job Grant.

“We’ve heard about the skill gap in our community from countless job creators. Not only will this $238,000 investment help employers fill their vacancies with qualified individuals, it also provides employees in Waterloo Region with an opportunity to upgrade their skills and get better training as they move forward in their careers”, said MPPs Harris and Fee.

“We all know it’s an especially trying time for small businesses and their workers across Ontario. This is why I’m pleased to be helping promising employees step up and fulfill their potential, driving our province’s economic recovery in the process,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “At the same time, this grant will help protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community, filling vital gaps in Ontario’s healthcare system right when it’s needed most.”

The Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development is contributing $128,405 to ParaMed Home Health Care for the training of 60 newly hired employees at Conestoga College. Training will be delivered in an accelerated fashion so that students can quickly join the workforce, addressing the shortage of personal support workers in Waterloo Region. Future Focus is receiving $110,190 to provide leadership development training to local businesses in various fields, including manual labour, manufacturing and technology, to help workers advance their careers in leadership positions.

“ParaMed is pleased to partner with Conestoga College to grow the valued health care workforce serving patients throughout the Waterloo Wellington region. With support from the Government of Ontario through the Canada Ontario Job Grant, ParaMed’s investment in the Personal Support Worker - FAST program will make training available to two cohorts of students at no cost, connecting them with a streamlined path to join the health care system and provide home and community care to patients in need. Following completion of the 20 week course, a total of 60 students will be able to join the dedicated ParaMed care teams throughout Kitchener, Waterloo and the surrounding region, with the first students able to begin serving patients as early as May 2021,” said Ali Mir, Vice President ParaMed Operations.

“Small and mid-sized businesses are at the heart of our Region’s economy and employment opportunities. Future Focus’ partnership with the Ontario government through the Canada Ontario Job Grant program has allowed us to collaboratively support local businesses, develop the leadership bench-strength in their organizations, and significantly increase the career success for hundreds of employees in our Region. Our training helps leaders to recognize and develop the talents of their team members, so the investment from the Province of Ontario provides an exponential return on investment to our Region’s economy and employment opportunities”, said Michael Snyders, President of Future Focus Inc.

The Canada Ontario Job Grant provides direct financial support to employers who wish to invest in training for their workforce. Employers can choose training that meets their workforce needs and identify who they would like to have trained. Training costs are shared between employers and government.