Ford government to expand training program for people seeking a career change

The government says 300,000 jobs are available right now

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The government says there are 300,000 jobs available right now, but more workers are needed to fill those roles.

During a visit to Orillia on Monday, Premier Doug Ford said the province is expanding a training program to help those looking to work in a different field.

“As companies and jobs flock to Ontario, we want to ensure that our workers are trained to have the skills needed for these jobs of the future,” said Ford. “We are investing in our workers as we build an Ontario that leaves nobody behind.”

The premier said the expansion of the Second Career Program this spring means workers can receive up to $28,000 each for education and living expenses while they receive training. The program would be expanded to serve more people on social assistance, those who are self-employed, gig workers, youth, newcomers, and others who need a hand up, while the tax credit would be extended to 2022. Initially, the program was designed for unemployed and recently laid off workers.

The province says the program will fund tuition for training programs 52 weeks or less.

Ontario says it is also proposing to extend its training tax credit by a year for those looking to upgrade their skills.

The extension would provide an estimated $275 million in additional support to about 240,000 people, or $1,150 on average, to help Ontario workers continue to upgrade their skills.