Province taking applications for Skills Development Fund until the end of the month

$115 million earmarked to better prepare workers and apprentices for economic recovery

Queen’s Park is now taking applications for its $115 million Skills Development Fund.

The fund is designed to support workers and apprentices through the challenges brought about by COVID-19, and promises to reduce obstacles to hiring, training, and retaining while preparing workers for economic recovery.

Those who determine who gets a share of the Skills Development Fund will focus on those applications that give laid-off workers immediate access to training supports or new jobs, improve the quality of training altogether, reach out to traditionally underrepresented groups, better serve local communities or support the needs of small businesses.

“When faced with unprecedented challenges we need innovative solutions, that’s why we developed this new Skills Development Fund. It will lead to fresh and creative ideas to help get people back on the job and kick-start our communities,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “My message to workers is clear – there is hope and opportunity around the corner. I’m calling on everyone – businesses, union leaders and training providers – to submit your ideas and participate in our economic recovery.”

Applicants can include employers, apprenticeship training delivery agents, unions, post-secondary institutions, community organizations and more. Applications can be submitted online until February 28.