Investing In Skills



    McGuinty Government Banks On The Education And Skills Of Ontarians

    TORONTO, March 26 /CNW/ - The Ontario government will invest in skills
training for Ontario workers, including a new, longer-term skills training
program for up to 20,000 people.
    Premier McGuinty says these new budget initiatives will help move the
Ontario economy forward by improving workers' skills and education.
    Tuesday's budget is part of the government's five-point plan to grow the
economy and includes:

    
    -   Investing $1.5 billion for skills training through the Skills to Jobs
        Action Plan
    -   Infrastructure improvements in every municipality in Ontario that
        will create 10,000 jobs during construction
    -   Lower costs for businesses by eliminating the capital tax for
        manufacturers
    -   Partnerships with forward-looking businesses to create jobs through
        the Next Generation of Jobs Fund
    -   Support for research and development to turn homegrown ideas into
        Ontario jobs.

    QUOTE

    "Our economic plan is about building opportunity for Ontario families.
Because what matters most to our economy is when a mom or dad can come home
and proudly announce: 'I got the job,'" said Premier McGuinty.

    QUICK FACTS

    Budget announcements to support skills include:

    -   An investment of $200 million over three years for new and expanded
        skills training centres
    -   $75 million over three years to further expand the number of
        apprentices
    -   An investment of $355 million over three years in a new Second Career
        Strategy to train 20,000 Ontario workers.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about Ontario's Apprenticeship Programs
    (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/training/apprenticeship/appren.html).
    Learn more about the 2008 Provincial Budget
    (http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/index.html).

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