Miller Says New Funding Helps Locals Receive Job Training In The Wake Of COVID-19

Posted: 2020-11-10 09:11:08 By: thebay

Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound Muskoka says the province is providing $180.5 million to connect workers most affected by the pandemic with training and jobs.

Miller says the 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.

“These initiatives will help job seekers, particularly those hardest hit by COVID-19, get the skills they need,” he said.

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