Ontario Government Committed to Skilled Trades:
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, July 3, 2013 – Ontario is seeking nominations for exceptional employers from around the province who are training apprentices to work in the skilled trades.
Nominations are now open for the 10th annual Minister’s Awards for Apprenticeship Training, which recognize employers who support Ontario’s apprenticeship system by demonstrating leadership in training and promoting careers in the skilled trades.
For more information on the awards, or to nominate an employer, visit ontario.ca/apprenticeshipawards.
Nominations are open until July 29, 2013.
Building a strong apprenticeship system and getting more people working in the skilled trades is part of the Ontario government’s plan to boost the economy and build a more prosperous society.
- Since 2003, these awards have recognized 160 employers nominated for their commitment to training apprentices.
- Ontario’s Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit for employers is the most generous tax credit of its kind in Canada.
- Ontario is growing the number of skilled workers with a number of programs, including Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeship Training.
- Ontario invested $129 million to support apprenticeship in 2012-13, an increase of $51 million since 2002-03. This includes new grants to successful apprentices and employers.