Yesterday, the Government of Ontario announced that it would be taking more strong action to grow our economy, by helping skilled newcomers find jobs.
Ontario and Canada are working together to help more than 11,000 skilled newcomers get the training and support they need to find work in their fields and contribute to Ontario's economy.
Seventy Ontario bridge training projects are being offered in the Greater Toronto Area, York Region, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Niagara, Thunder Bay, North Bay, Kingston and Ottawa. The projects will provide occupation-specific training, licensure preparation, and Canadian work experience to skilled newcomers. Over $57 million is being invested in these new and renewed projects, which will benefit skilled newcomers in a broad range of professions including IT, law, health care, engineering, green economy and business administration.
Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested more than $240 million to help 50,000 highly skilled newcomers get licensed and Canadian job experience.
Helping skilled newcomers succeed is key to Ontario's economic growth and prosperity. A strong economy creates jobs for Ontarians and protects the services that mean most to families - health care and education.
To learn more about how Ontario is helping skilled newcomers become job ready, please visit www.citizenship.gov.on.ca or contact me at my Community Office at 613-722-6414.
Together, we are building a more prosperous Ottawa Centre.