Ontario invests $2.6 million in job training for newcomers

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Ontario is investing $2.6M in job training programs for over 300 newcomers, including Afghan and Ukrainian refugees, to help them find good jobs in Canada. The province is also cracking down on temporary help agencies, exploiting foreign workers by paying them less than minimum wage and withholding their passports. 

The new law will require these agencies to get a license by Jan 1, 2024, and those who violate workers’ rights will face fines ranging from $100,000 to $200,000. Ontario’s Immigration Minister, Monte McNaughton, believes everyone must collaborate to build the Canadian dream.

To help immigrants who have received international education in the fields in which they intend to work, the Ontario government is taking the lead in Canada with first-in-Canada changes. Women’s Services for Newcomers In Toronto, 230 immigrant women will receive advice on careers, job readiness instruction, and a paid internship as part of a $1,522,396 project. 

For the purpose of training 60 Afghan and Ukrainian newcomers who are unemployed or underemployed for employment in Ontario’s manufacturing sector, UTIMUS is giving away $833,626. Throughout 2023, UTIMUS is offering training in four cohorts. 

For their initiative, which will hire and train 15 newcomers at the Refugee Services and Furniture Bank for eight to ten weeks and help them find longer-term work prospects, Matthew House Ottawa is receiving $137,850. Training is offered till March 2024. 

To give 30 Ukrainian artists the skills and exposure they need to land work with regional businesses in the arts industry, Toronto Artscape Inc. is receiving $123,190. Training for Artscape will start on September 6, 2023. 


Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development stated: 

“Ontario is the first Canadian authority to ban discriminatory Canadian work experience requirements, allowing immigrants to work in the fields they have studied for. To build the Canadian dream, we need everyone on board. The province will continue to receive excellent jobs and opportunities due to the efforts of our government. Together, we are building a stronger Ontario that doesn’t leave anyone behind.”

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