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On September 3rd the Ontario government announced additional funds to support internships and other hands-on learning experiences to help approximately 15,000 people acquire skills training.  See the full release here.  HRAI was also pleased that Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario received $450,000 to support women in the trades and for health and safety training.

HRAI has applauded this government’s continued support for and investment in the Skilled Trades sector writ large but expressed disappointment that there has to date been no funding provided for programs to attract young people specifically into the HVACR sector. 

HRAI will continue to talk with MPPs and specifically with the Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and his Parliamentary Assistant, Jane McKenna, MPP, Burlington to articulate the need to attract more youth, women and others to our sector.

If you or a staff member are interested in participating in outreach and engagement meetings with local Members of Provincial Parliament, please contact Dorothy McCabe, Government Relations Specialist – Ontario, at dmccabe@hrai.ca