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Ontario supporting training in low carbon building skills

By ReNew Canada 08:08AM August 10, 2017

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Ontario is helping workers thrive in the low-carbon economy with new support for apprentices, skilled trades, and other professionals from the building sector to develop green building skills. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s carbon market.

Ontario is helping unions, colleges, and universities acquire new equipment and increase their capacity to train current and future workers in low-carbon building skills, including through:

  • Sector-focused partnerships between unions, employers and others to support training programs in green building skills;
  • New and upgraded facilities and more capacity to support green building skills training;
  • New green training curriculum standards for apprentices; and
  • Research into green labour force needs.

This initiative is funded by proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market, which are invested into programs that help households and businesses fight climate change while saving energy and money, including home energy retrofits, public transit, social housing retrofits, and electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure.

“We commend Minister Matthews and the Premier for taking this important step in the development of a low carbon skills strategy,” said John Mandarino, executive director of the LiUNA Canadian Tri-Fund. “The Green Energy construction and retrofit market is growing rapidly and we must build a skilled workforce to meet the current and future challenges of this important new sector of construction.”

Ontario is investing $24 million from the proceeds of the province’s carbon market in this initiative.

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