Ontario Investing $55 Million to Help More People Enter the Skilled Trades

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Media Release: Ontario Government


Government Boosting Funding for Apprenticeship Training Programs

April 9, 2015 - Ontario is investing an additional $55 million in three programs that support apprenticeship. This investment will help the next generation of skilled tradespeople access the training, equipment and facilities they need to get good jobs. 

As part of a renewed Youth Jobs Strategy, new funding will be distributed to two apprenticeship programs:

  • The Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund will receive an additional $23 million over two years. This will help colleges and other institutions train more people and deliver relevant, high-quality apprenticeship programs by investing in equipment, space and technologies.
  • The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program will receive $13 million more in funding over two years. This will help people considering careers in the trades develop their job skills and readiness to find work as apprentices through in-class training sessions and work placements.

In addition, colleges and other training organizations funded by Ontario will receive an additional $19 million over three years. This funding increase will support equipment upgrades and more lab time during in-school apprenticeship sessions. 

Bolstering funding for apprenticeship programs will ensure more people have the skills needed to meet the evolving needs of the workforce and to build the modern infrastructure that will make Ontario's economy more competitive.

Supporting a modern apprenticeship system is part of the government's four-point economic plan for Ontario. This plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.



" Skilled tradespeople are building Ontario up. Our government is proud to support more people entering the skilled trades and contributing to a stronger economy. We want to make sure anyone who wants to pursue a trade can put their skills to work."
- Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario

" Ontario’s apprenticeship system is a key part of building the well-educated and highly skilled workforce the province needs to compete in the current and future economy. This increased funding will help ensure that our young people are getting the skills training they need to get good jobs and drive further growth in our economy."
- Reza Moridi
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation



  • Almost one in five new jobs in Ontario over this decade is expected to be in trades-related occupations.
  • Ontario provided grants and loans of about $164.5 million to the apprenticeship system in 2014-15.
  • New annual apprenticeship registrations have grown from about 17,000 in 2002-03 to more than 28,000 in 2013-14.
  • The Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program targets groups that are underrepresented in the trades, including at-risk youth, Aboriginal people, newcomers and women. Participation in the program is free, as are textbooks, tools and safety equipment.
  • The per diem for in-class training is increasing for the first time since 2008-09.