Ontario : Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Ontario is ensuring that the apprenticeship system meets the changing demands of the economy by giving apprentices the skills they need to succeed and providing employers with the talent they need to thrive.
Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, was joined by Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie, at the United Association in Barrie today to release Ontario’s new Apprenticeship Strategy.
The province is improving the apprenticeship system by building on its current strengths. The goal is to develop a system that provides end-to-end supports for apprentices and employers and responds to the needs of a changing economy and workforce.
The multi-year strategy will:
– Create better incentives for employers to train and retain apprentices by transforming the existing Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit into the Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for Employers
– Promote apprenticeship as a valuable postsecondary pathway and help individuals make informed decisions about their career options by providing valuable information about different careers leading from an apprenticeship through Ontario’s labour market website
– Update the apprenticeship system through digital enhancements, including a simplified online registration process
– Develop recommendations on how to ensure students in the K-12 system are prepared for, exposed to and aware of career opportunities in the skilled trades
– Enhance services that support apprentices to begin and complete their training, including increasing the participation of young people and underrepresented groups in the skilled trades.
Improving the apprenticeship system is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
Basis for change
Ontario invested $160.6 million in apprenticeship programs in 2016-17. There were 25,000 active employer sponsors in 2016-17. An estimated $128.8 million was also provided to employers through the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit in 2016-17. New annual apprenticeship registrations have grown from 17,100 in 2002-03 to 24,800 in 2016-17. Approximately 9,800 Certificates of Apprenticeship have been issued annually over the past three years. Ontario’s Apprenticeship Strategy was developed following extensive engagement with partners in the apprenticeship system from across the province.
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