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  • February 19, 2016

Getting Hamilton and Brantford Apprentices Ready to Work

Province Invests in New Equipment and Local On-The-Job Training


February 19, 2016

Ontario is supporting growth in high-demand jobs in the Hamilton and Brantford areas by introducing more young people to careers in the skilled trades to help ensure Ontario's future workforce has the skills and training for the jobs of tomorrow.

Today, MPP Ted McMeekin is at Mohawk Stoney Creek Campus highlighting that the province is investing more than $4.5 million combined through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund and Pre-Apprenticeship Training programs to help the next generation of skilled tradespeople in the Hamilton and Brantford Regions  access the training, equipment and facilities they need to prepare for the workforce.


  • Mohawk College will receive funding for new simulation technology that will ensure plumbing apprentices have the skills and training to find jobs to support growing labour market demand in their skilled trade. Mohawk will also help introduce unemployed and underemployed youth, women and aboriginal peoples to the refrigeration and air conditioning, automotive and plumbing and steamfitting trades.
  • The John Howard Society of Hamilton, Burlington and Area will introduce federally sentenced adults to the welding and metal fabrication trades.
  • The Career Foundation, with Mohawk and Carpenters Union Local 18 will introduce youth to the carpentry and construction trades.
  • Collège Boréal will introduce Francophone women and newcomers to the child development practitioner and educational assistant trades.
  • The YWCA Hamilton, with Mohawk College will introduce women to the machinist and millwright trades.
  • Ironworkers Local 736 in Ancaster will receive funding for a new classroom and computer lab for construction trade apprentices, including audiovisual equipment and iPad stations.


  • U.A. Local 67/M.C.A. Zone 9/9A Apprenticeship Committee in Brantford will receive funding for welding, metal fabrication, plumbing and steamfitting training equipment that will remove accessibility barriers for apprentices. This organization will also work with local school boards to introduce women, newcomers and Aboriginal youth to the plumbing, welding and steamfitting trades.
  • Also in the Brantford area, the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board, in partnership with UA Local 67, will introduce Aboriginal youth to industrial trades.

 As announced in the 2015 Budget, the province is investing a total of: 

  • $23 million over two years through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund for 47 new capital projects at colleges and other training organizations for new equipment, new facilities and new technologies such as welding simulators, to provide opportunities for hands-on training
  • $13 million through the Pre-Apprenticeship Training program to help support 84 pre-apprenticeship training programs, which will help more than 1,500 people primarily from traditionally underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples and at-risk youth, consider careers in the trades by developing their skills through in-class training sessions and work placements.

Improving training opportunities, equipment and facilities for apprentices in the Hamilton and Brantford areas is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan also includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history and creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives.



"I’m thrilled that our government is making this major investment to ensure that our apprentices receive the highest standard of training. The improved equipment and training programs  will give apprentices the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the skilled trades, and contribute to the local economy.”
– Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale 

"Our industry partners are counting on Mohawk to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople.  Thanks to the continued support of the Government of Ontario, our faculty and staff deliver hands-on training to more than 4,000 apprentices every year. Apprentices at Mohawk learn from the best, train on the newest equipment and use the latest technology in labs that are among the best of any college in the country."

- Ron McKerlie, President of Mohawk College  

“Our government always talks about the importance of Building Ontario Up, and our talented skilled tradespeople are literally doing that in every corner of our province, including the Hamilton and Brantford areas. Ontario’s apprenticeship training system, supported by employers, colleges and unions, is a crucial part of our plan to build the highly-skilled workforce we need to compete, and I’m proud that we are supporting so many projects that will bring new equipment and high demand training programs to the local markets that need it.”

– Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities 

"Congratulations to the many local organizations who have received provincial funding through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund or the Pre-Apprenticeship training program. These investments will help urban Aboriginal youth, young people with disabilities, women, and newcomers in the Brantford area get valuable employment training in their own community that will ultimately lay the foundation for future skilled employment." 

-Dave Levac, MPP Brant



  • The Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund and Pre-Apprenticeship Training program are part of Ontario’s renewed Youth Jobs Strategy.
  • Apprenticeship training helps future tradespeople develop the skills they need to be successful in high-demand trades through hands-on work experience and in-school training.
  • Ontario is investing in 28 more pre-apprenticeship programs compared to 2014-15, an increase of 50 per cent.
  • New annual apprenticeship registrations in programs across Ontario have grown from 17,100 in 2002-03 to more than 26,500 in 2014-15.
  • This investment will help support the almost one in five new jobs in the province that is expected to be created in the trades in the coming decade. 





For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin MPP  905-690-6552




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