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Ontario spending $4.3 million to fund veteran job training programs

by HR Law Canada

In a significant initiative to support Canadian Armed Forces members transitioning to civilian life, the Ontario government is investing $4.3 million in four innovative training projects.

These projects, aimed at assisting 356 veterans, address the annual challenge faced by approximately 8,000 service members released from the Canadian Armed Forces.

Empowering veterans for civilian careers

David Piccini, Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, emphasized the government’s commitment.

“Our veterans have dedicated themselves to our nation’s security and deserve every opportunity for success post-service,” said Piccini. The government, under Premier Ford’s leadership, is focused on equipping veterans with skills for in-demand jobs in healthcare, skilled trades, software development, and cyber security.

Diverse training opportunities

The True Patriot Love Foundation leads one of the highlighted projects, aiming to connect 130 jobseekers with healthcare roles. They also collaborate with 40 Ontario employers across various sectors to promote veteran employment.

“Supporting veterans in finding meaningful employment post-service is crucial,” stated Nick Booth, CEO of True Patriot Love Foundation.

The other projects, led by Coding for Veterans, Helmets to Hardhats, and the Roland Gossage Foundation, will provide 226 veterans with tailored support, technical training, bootcamps, mentorship, and apprenticeship referrals in fields like IT and construction.

Veteran well-being and community impact

Acknowledging the sacrifices of veterans, Michael Parsa, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, underscored the government’s support for veterans’ mental health and successful transition to new careers.

“Veterans and their families have our unwavering support through funding and services that aid their transition,” Parsa noted.

These projects are part of Ontario’s Skills Development Fund (SDF) Training Stream, reflecting over $860 million in government investment to enhance career prospects for half a million people.

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