Helping Job Seekers Get Back to Work


The Skills Development Fund, which is now accepting applications, will lead to fresh and creative ideas to help get people back on the job and kick-start our communities

COVID-19 has created significant challenges for workers looking to get training for in-demand skills jobs and businesses looking for highly skilled talent. 

That is why our PC government is launching a new $115 million Skills Development Fund to immediately support innovative apprenticeship and workforce development projects that will help improve access to the supports that people need to get back to work quickly.

The Skills Development Fund will accept applications from a wide range of employment and training organizations in Ontario. Funded projects could include:

  • Purchasing virtual reality simulators and the latest industry equipment to help train the next generation of tradespeople
  • Enhancing the recruitment and training of personal support workers to care for our vulnerable
  • Empowering those from disadvantaged communities through mentorship or trades programming for underrepresented groups and women
  • Providing learning and work experience in in-demand tech careers like coding and computer programming for hospitality and service workers who have lost their jobs

Projects will help apprentices, job seekers, training providers and employers who have been hard hit by COVID-19 by removing barriers to jobs and enhancing training capacity.

Applicants, including employers, apprenticeship training delivery agents, unions, post-secondary institutions, community organizations and others, can now submit proposals for funding until February 28, 2021. Approved projects will be announced in March 2021.

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