Training is key to keeping Ontario strong: OSTD

OSTD urges province to take steps to retrain older workers and tackle employee literacy
||Last Updated: 06/23/2003

Ontario’s workforce needs better training and professional development to ensure the province’s economy remains strong, according to the Ontario Society for Training & Development (OSTD).

Bob Canuel, of OSTD’s board of directors, said steps need to be taken now to prepare for the effects of the baby boom generation reaching retirement age.

“We must find ways to retrain older workers and keep them in the workforce,” said Canuel, speaking before a pre-budget hearing of the province’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. “As well, it will be critical to recognize prior learning, informal learning and on-the-job training, and to tackle literacy issues in the workplace, so that a larger percentage of workers can take advantage of lifelong learning opportunities.”