Romano Announces 1.2 Million for Construction Trades Training

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Minister Ross Romano announced today that the Ontario government is investing just under 1.2 million to train 104 new people in skilled trades here in the Sault Ste Marie construction sector. The funding will come through SkillsAdvance Ontario.

“I am very excited that this short-term training program will be available to people and businesses in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie and Minister of Colleges and Universities. “This funding will help 104 Saulties and their families build a rewarding career in the construction industry and will help people in the community get back on their feet as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. By investing in short-term training here at home, we are helping to create good jobs in our community, boost our local economy and help people stay at home in the Sault .”

The 1.18 million dollars in funding will be given to the Sault Community Career and Information Centre in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Construction Association to train 104 new people in the trades.

This funding will support 25 local businesses who are participating in the program to find and train skilled workers.

“We often talk about this problem, people without jobs, jobs without people, but there are great opportunities through the trades in the construction sector”, Minister Romano commented in regards to the lack of trained workers and the lack of jobs for those people in the city.

“For all the young people who are looking for an opportunity, to any displaced workers out there, there are awesome, incredible, outstanding opportunities for you in the trades, for everyone in our community”, Romano shared. Contact the Community Career and Information Centre, the Sault Construction Association or the City office for more information on the training and employment opportunities.

Funding for this project is included in the $180.5 million over three years, laid out in the province’s 2020 Budget Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, to help workers affected by the pandemic retrain and upgrade their skills to find good jobs.

Josie Fiegehen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, SaultOnline.com