Ontario investing in Elevate Plus to help Bay of Quinte job seekers to train and find employment

BAY OF QUINTE The Ontario government is investing $1,275,400 in the Quinte Economic Development Commission’s project Elevate Plus – Building a Resilient Regional Manufacturing Workforce that supports incumbent workers, empowers job seekers facing barriers, and encourages partnerships to address workforce challenges and create a skilled and resilient manufacturing sector in the Bay of Quinte Region.

This initiative is supported through the government’s Skills Development Fund Training Stream, a program that offers funding to a wide range of organizations for innovative projects that help jobseekers gain the skills needed to find meaningful work in well-paying sectors.

“Elevate Plus has a proven track record of providing skills training and on-the-job experience that leads to offers of employment and changes lives,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “Our local manufacturing sector has benefited greatly. I’m pleased to see this program renewed and I believe it is a model that could be replicated in other communities.”

“Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government is proud to invest in programs that support training and upskilling,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “This project will give people the necessary skills needed to land in-demand and well-paying jobs in their communities and contribute to our province.”

The Skills Development Fund Training Stream is open to a wide range of applicants, including employers, industry associations, labour unions, municipalities, hospitals and many more. The funding announced today builds on the government’s mission to make Ontario the best place in the world to work, live and raise a family.

Brian Ostrander, the Chair of the Quinte Economic Development Commission and Mayor of Brighton, welcomed the funding announcement.

“The Quinte Economic Development Commission (QEDC) is proud to spearhead this collaborative effort, uniting with Loyalist College and local manufacturers. With this funding, we aim to cultivate fresh talent in manufacturing and enhance the expertise of current workers, fostering the expansion of our manufacturing industry,” said Ostrander.

The Ontario government announced in the 2024 Budget: Building a Better Ontario an additional investment of $100 million through the Skills Development Fund to grow the trades workforce and build Ontario. This brings Ontario’s total SDF investment to nearly $1 billion.

Quick Facts

  • So far, the Skills Development Fund Training Stream has supported over 600 projects, aiming to help over half a million people around the province take the next step in their careers.
  • Nearly 235,000 jobs are going unfilled across the province.
  • The Skills Development Fund Training Stream is supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.  

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