Ontario funds training for immigrants impacted by COVID-19

July 8, 2021

By HR Reporter |

Ontario is helping immigrants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

New immigrants were among the hardest hit by COVID, with an employment loss of 12 per cent among recent immigrants compared to only four per cent for the Canadian-born population, according to the government.

The government is investing $7.7 million through 19 programs to help them start new careers.

“The skills that newcomers bring to Ontario play a crucial role in driving our economy forward,” says Monte McNaughton, minister of labour, training and skills development. “Our job is to connect the dots and ensure newcomers have the support they need to pursue the in-demand and fulfilling careers available in their new home and provide for their families. These training investments will go a long way to strengthening our economy and local communities.”

The funding will be divided as follows:

  • South Asian Canadians Health and Social Services is receiving $466,597 through the Skills Development Fund to provide training to 600 internationally educated healthcare professionals such as nurses, physicians and pharmacists looking to enter the healthcare sector in Ontario.
  • The Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto is receiving $937,584 through the Skills Development Fund to provide up to 1,250 racialized immigrant women with skills training and other employment supports to help them find or re-enter jobs in various sectors, including retail and sales, human services, security, business and self-employment.
  • Lighthouse Labs is receiving $2,872,339 through SkillsAdvance Ontario to help 250 women, including newcomers in Toronto and Ottawa, gain the skills they need to pursue a career in web development.
  • The Immigrants Working Centre is receiving $255,522 through SkillsAdvance Ontario to provide newcomers with skills training, employment services and the certification needed to gain work as a personal support worker in the healthcare sector.

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