Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover Connects Workers in Markham, Ontario Most Affected by COVID-19 with Jobs

Ontario’s 2020 Budget provides $180.5 million to connect workers impacted by COVID-19 with retraining and to help industries find skills they need

Markham — The Ontario government is providing $180.5 million to connect workers in the tourism and hospitality sector and others most affected by the pandemic to training and jobs.

Part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover, this investment includes a skilled trades strategy, an additional $100 million of dedicated investments through Employment Ontario for skills training, a redesigned Second Career program, and $59.5 million to acquire in-demand skills.

“For Ontario to recover, we need strong, sustained economic growth, and this means direct actions that will help Ontarians get through today, while providing hoping for tomorrow,” said Billy Pang, MPP for Markham-Unionville. “Through the additional $180.5 million investment to employment services and training programs, it will support workers in Markham, particularly those hardest hit by COVID-19, acquire in-demand skills and connect job seekers with industries facing skills shortages.”

Between February and May 2020, employment declined by 1,156,500, or 15.3 per cent. Among those most impacted by the pandemic include workers in the tourism and hospitality sector, youth aged 15 to 24, and women. While there has been a strong recovery in jobs, employment in October remained 287,400 jobs below its pre‑COVID‑19 level and unemployment remained at 9.6 per cent.

“Now is the time to invest in retraining our workers, so they are ready to contribute to the recovery of our province,” said Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance. “Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover will help job seekers, particularly those hardest hit by COVID-19, to get the skills they need.”

“The initiatives announced in Budget 2020 will help job seekers, particularly those hardest hit by COVID-19, get the skills they need,” said Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville. “I have been a strong supporter of promoting and encouraging employment in Ontario’s skilled trades for decades. In October 2020, I devoted my entire riding Householder (see link) to the topic of Skilled Trades and encourage students, parents and business owners to become familiar with the many avenues that exist to launch a career in the skilled trades including programs for mature adults, and programs students can begin in high school.”

To help people upgrade their skills, the government is investing an additional $180.5 million over three years in micro-credentials, employment services and training programs, including apprenticeships. The Province is taking comprehensive action to help get people back to work and contribute to Ontario’s economic recovery, including a focus on the groups and sectors most impacted by the pandemic.

“Our government is committed to supporting the skilled trades during these challenging times,” said Logan Kanapathi, MPP for Markham-Thornhill. “Ontario’s 2020 Budget includes a $100 million investment for skills training and $59.5 million to acquire in-demand skills. These initiatives will provide incentives to employers and will help our long-term economic recovery by creating jobs where it's needed most.”

“We are committed to taking action to support Ontario’s workers, and Ontario’s economic recovery,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Our Skilled Trades Strategy will support businesses and help prepare people for jobs by creating a flexible skilled trades and apprenticeship system that will best prepare Ontario workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

QUICK FACTS:

  • Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover includes an additional $100 million of dedicated investments through Employment Ontario for skills training, a redesigned Second Career program, and $59.5 million to acquire in-demand skills
  • From June to October, employment in Ontario has risen by 868,600 jobs.
  • Ontario’s real GDP is projected to decline by 6.5 per cent in 2020 and rise by 4.9 per cent in 2021. Ontario’s economic growth is expected to continue after 2021, with real GDP projected to rise 3.5 per cent in 2022 before moderating to 2.0 per cent growth in 2023.
  • Ontario was the first jurisdiction in Canada to release a fiscal outlook that reflected the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in its March 25, 2020 Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.

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