Ontario Working for Workers by Investing in Training for Refugees in Ottawa

OTTAWA  — The Ontario government is working for workers by investing $117,809.00 in the Newcomer Training and Employment Program by Matthew House Ottawa. This project  will offer newcomer and refugee workers in Ottawa with the training they need to pursue the in-demand and well-paying jobs in our community.

Details were announced today by Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean on behalf of Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

“Our community continues to welcome refugees seeking a safe place to live and work,” said MPP Roberts. “Many of these newcomers want to get to work and help support their new communities. We promised to provide opportunities for workers in Ontario, and this grant is another way we are delivering on that promise.”

The program will help refugees and newcomers apply for their first job by offering Canadian work experience, tips on updating resumes, job search assitance and application support. The program estimates that it will that it will help 10-15 newcomers find jobs in its first year

“We are extremely grateful to MPP Roberts and Minister McNaughton for this generous funding via the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.” Said Allan Reesor – McDowell, Executive Director of Matthew House Ottawa. “This grant will enable us to develop a robust employment program at our furniture bank, providing an additional avenue for Matthew House Ottawa to help refugees and newcomers on their path to long-term, stable, sustainable employment. It will make a big impact in our community.”

This initiative is supported through the government’s Skills Development Fund, which has provided over $200 million in funding for innovative projects that address challenges to hiring, training, or retraining workers during the pandemic.

“Our government is working for workers every day. Through our Skills Development Fund, we’re giving workers the training they need to fill in-demand jobs, earn bigger paycheques and advance in rewarding careers that make their families and communities stronger,” said Minister McNaughton. “Our government has a workers-first  plan to deliver a stronger Ontario. As build today for a better tomorrow, we need all hands on deck. We’re leaving nobody behind and we’re getting it done.”

This investment builds on the government’s ongoing efforts to attract, support and protect workers, making Ontario the top place in the world to work, live and raise a family. It follows legislation Minister McNaughton recently passed that provides foundational rights for digital platform workersrequirements for employers to disclose their electronic monitoring of employees and for businesses in high-risk settings to have Naloxone kits on hand, and several red tape reductions to encourage out-of-province workers to help fill the generational labour shortage.

Quick Facts

  • Matthew House expect to welcome and support more than 50 refugee claimants and furnish 900 homes through their furniture bank in 2022.
  • Data suggests that the need to replace retiring workers is greater for skilled trades workers than for other occupations. In 2016, nearly 1 in 3 journeypersons in Ontario were aged 55 years or older.
  • In the fall of 2021, there were more than 360,000 jobs vacant in Ontario.
  • Ontario’s Skills Development Fund is supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.  

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