Province investing in employment, training supports for newcomers to Quinte region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2022

BAY OF QUINTE– The Ontario government is working for workers by investing $813,453 from the Skills Development Fund to support Quinte Immigration Services provide training for immigrants to meet crucial needs in the local labour market. This project will provide workers in the Quinte region with the training they need to pursue the in-demand and well-paying jobs in our community.

Details were announced today by Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte on behalf of Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

"People immigrating to our region bring knowledge, skills, and a willingness to work. Quinte Immigration Services is effective in helping them overcome barriers to finding good, stable employment in our region,” said Smith. “This funding ensures that vital work continues, benefiting both job seekers and employers in our local economy.”

The project will offer soft and hard skills training in multiple sectors of the labour market, such as hospitality, manufacturing, transportation or finance and support facilitators in the hiring process.

Funded activities will include client assessment, intake registration, training and information modalities, and assistance for job seekers and employers seeking to hire a diversified labour force. Another aspect of the program includes connecting foreign investors with economic development stakeholders in the region to promote future growth.

Paul Osborne, the President of Quinte Immigration Services, welcomed the funding.

“On behalf of our board of directors, I would like to thank the Ministry for the financial support provided to our organization so Quinte Immigration Services can continue delivering the programs and services to assist hundreds of newcomers to integrate in the local labour market,” said Osborne. “During these critical times of the pandemic, newcomers were the first in line to fulfill the labour shortages affecting several sectors of the economy. Programs like the ones funded by the Ministry were vital for the success
of training and facilitating the employment of newcomers with the local employers through job development.”

Osborne added that while the funding helps his organization continue the services it has provided the in the Quinte region since 1986, it is also timely as it will assist in providing recently arrived Ukrainian refugees access to the labour market.

The Skills Development Fund has provided over $200 million in funding for innovative projects thataddress challenges to hiring, training, or retraining workers during the pandemic.

“Our government is working for workers every day. Through our Skills Development Fund, we’re giving workers the training they need to fill in-demand jobs, earn bigger paycheques and advance in rewarding careers that make their families and communities stronger,” said Minister McNaughton. “Our government has a workers-first plan to deliver a stronger Ontario. As build today for a better tomorrow, we need all hands on deck. We’re leaving nobody behind and we’re getting it done.”

This investment builds on the government’s ongoing efforts to attract, support and protect workers, making Ontario the top place in the world to work, live and raise a family. It follows legislation McNaughton recently passed that provides foundational rights for digital platform workers, requirements for employers to disclose their electronic monitoring of employees and for businesses in high-risk settings to have Naloxone kits on hand, and several red tape reductions to encourage out-of-province workers to help fill the generational labour shortage.

QUICK FACTS

• Data suggests that the need to replace retiring workers is greater for skilled trades workers than
for other occupations. In 2016, nearly 1 in 3 journeypersons in Ontario were aged 55 years or
older.
• In the fall of 2021, there were more than 360,000 jobs vacant in Ontario.
• Ontario’s Skills Development Fund is supported through labour market transfer agreements
between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
• Ontario has announced a number of supports that will assist Ukraianian refugees access services
and employment. To learn more, see
https://news.ontario.ca/en/backgrounder/1001965/province-helping-ukrainians-continue-their�lives-in-ontario.