Ontario Providing More Than $6 Million to Train Over 1,000 Carpenters

Investment through provincial Skills Development Fund will help connect workers with good-paying, high-demand jobs

June 14, 2024

Office of the Premier

Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development

 The Ontario government is investing more than $6 million through the Skills Development Fund (SDF) to support two innovative projects that will train over 1,000 carpenters in Vaughan and across Ontario. This brings Ontario’s total investment in skills development training through SDF to nearly $1.1 billion.

“Our plan to keep rebuilding Ontario’s economy starts with investing in workers so they can find better jobs with bigger paycheques right here in our province,” said Premier Doug Ford. “By helping workers train for jobs in fast-growing sectors like carpentry, we’re also ensuring employers have the workers they need to continue growing their businesses and investing in Ontario’s economy.”

With approximately 1,200 carpentry vacancies across Ontario, these projects will train over 1,000 jobseekers in highly in-demand carpentry fields facing acute labour shortages.

The first project, managed by the Carpenters’ Regional Council (CRC), is receiving over $5.5 million to train over 750 jobseekers and apprentices with a combination of on-the-job training and in-class learning, including preparing for their Certificate of Qualification Red Seal exam.

The second project, led by the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades (CCAT), is receiving $894,824 to deliver upskilling programs up to 312 jobseekers in carpentry skills related to formwork and scaffolding, which are essential in non-residential construction and which are also experiencing an acute labour shortage across Ontario.

“Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government has an ambitious plan to build the homes, hospitals, schools and infrastructure our growing communities need. As Ontario attracts record levels of job-creating housing and infrastructure projects, we’re also investing in training opportunities to ensure our talent matches our ambition,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “That’s why our government is proud to work with our union partners to invest over $6 million in new training programs that will give more jobseekers the opportunity to build a bright future for themselves and their families in carpentry.”

Quick Facts

  • Through the SDF, Ontario is investing nearly $1.1 billion to support training and upskilling programs for workers and connect jobseekers with employers to land well-paying careers close to home.
  • Since its launch in 2021, Ontario’s SDF has helped almost 600,000 workers train for in-demand sectors, including over 66,000 construction workers, over 92,000 manufacturing workers and over 36,000 PSWs and health-care workers.
  • More than 420,000 of these participants are expected to be from an underrepresented group such as women, youth, persons with disabilities, racialized groups and Indigenous peoples.
  • In 2023, there were 36,600 carpenters employed in Ontario, making it one of the largest construction trades.
  • For more information on the CCAT project, visit www.theccat.ca/. To apply, fill out the online application for pre-apprenticeship training.
  • Those interested in the CRC project can get more information by reaching out to Alexa Cleary at acleary@ubcja.ca
  • The Skills Development Fund Training Stream is supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario.