Helping Apprentices Cover Living Expenses During Training

Published on October 09, 2020

Minister Monte McNaughton announced the next steps our government is taking to simplify the skilled trades and apprenticeship system to better support those looking for rewarding and meaningful careers in the skilled trades.

The government is investing an additional $75 million for the next two years to help apprentices pay for living expenses during their in-class training and ensure they receive a high-quality education in a safe environment. This additional investment will allow training providers to upgrade their facilities and purchase new state-of-the art equipment; and build a digital portal to make the apprenticeship journey easier for anyone interested in working in the trades.

As part of our commitment to ending the Ontario College of Trade and to modernize Ontario’s skilled trade and apprenticeship system, we announced a panel of advisors, who will help simplify the skilled trades system, cut red tape, and make it easier for people to enter the trades.

These five Skilled Trades Panel members will consult across industries and provide recommendations to: improve apprenticeship training and ensure the system is more responsive to the needs of our province’s changing economy. This panel has been given an aggressive nine-month mandate. Their advice will help ensure our efforts are measured and reflect the diverse nature of the skilled trades in Ontario. They will help us replace the over regulated college with a modernized, simplified, and accessible skilled trades system.

  • Ontario’s apprenticeship is outdated and overly complex.
  • The government has heard from young people who tell us they know how to become a doctor or lawyer but have no idea how to become a carpenter or electrician.
  • If we want to solve our looming skilled trades gap, we have to make it easier to become an apprentice.
  • The Digital Portal will allow potential apprentices to do things online that will save time and get them into job training faster. They will be able to apply and register to become an apprentice online; access and apply to available incentives; book and pay for exams and view results. Employers will be able to approve apprentices’ skills and access and apply to financial incentives online.
  • We are also helping apprentices pay for in-person training, helping providers upgrade their equipment, and funding the purchase of new PPE.

That’s why the government is investing an additional $75 million for the next two years to help apprentices pay for living expenses during their in-class training and ensure they receive a high-quality education in a safe environment.

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