Ontario funds $500,000 for new equipment

Funding will help train more London apprentices

New provincial funding will help modernize equipment at local union training centres in London, Ont., to train more apprentices and skilled workers.

"We're moving Ontario forward together by expanding and upgrading training centres," said Steve Peters, MPP Elgin-Middlesex-London. "Investing in these training centres means more opportunity for apprentices, workers and journeypersons to train in our community."

The Ontario government gave $468,990 to the LIUNA Local 1059 regional training centre and $171,264 to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Local 1946 training centre so the centres can add more equipment.

The new equipment means the centres will be able to train more apprentices and improve the quality of training to keep pace with demand in the construction industry.

The Ontario government has already invested $16.9 million to help 53 union, employer and union-employer training centres replace or upgrade equipment. It will invest another $8 million in the next year.

"Unions and employers know which skills their workers need to get the job done and with up-to-date training equipment more workers can hit the ground running," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Chris Bentley.

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