Ontario Creating Opportunities for Youth in Niagara

New project will help 250 young people train for well-paying technology careers

THORNHILL — The Ontario government is investing $2.9 million to help 250 young people in the Niagara region train for meaningful and well-paying careers in the technology sector. Led by the Town of Lincoln, the Youth Skills Studio will prepare people under the age of 30 for the future of work with a four-month paid training program and connections to 75 small and medium-sized businesses hiring in high-tech, manufacturing, hospitality, tourism, and other critical sectors.

“This investment will give youth in the Niagara region the skills they need to start or advance their careers in growing industries,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Right across the province, we’re connecting young people to the jobs of the future and businesses to the skilled workforce they need to grow and expand.”

Young people in Ontario are twice as likely to be unemployed compared to the provincial average. At the same time, more than 30,000 jobs are going unfilled in the Niagara region. The Youth Skills Studio will teach participants about digital marketing, web development, digital systems administration, cloud computing, and IT to ensure Niagara’s growing economy has the skilled technology workers it needs.

“The future of work is here, and our government is on a mission to ensure young people get a hand up to the training they need to land better jobs and bigger paycheques,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “This project will ensure young people in Niagara get an opportunity to gain real-world experience with local employers that will serve them the rest of their lives.”

Participants will have the chance to work on real-world projects and business cases submitted by employers in the community. They will be paid $18/hour for the duration of the training and work and be reimbursed for transportation costs.

This project is funded through the government’s Skills Development Fund, an over $700 million initiative, which supports ground-breaking programs that connect jobseekers with the skills and training they need to find well-paying careers close to home.

Quick Facts

  • In-person training and workshops will take place in Beamsville and participating businesses will be from across the Niagara region.
  • The program is available for high school students through to those age 29.
  • For more information on the program, contact Paul at PDiIanni@lincoln.ca.
  • Through its first three funding rounds, the Skills Development Fund has supported 596 projects aiming to help almost 522,000 people around the province take the next step in their careers.
  • The Ontario government is also investing $224 million into the new Skills Development Fund Capital Stream. The fund launched on June 30th to support the building and updrade of training centres.
  • The Skills Development Fund is supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.