Ontario Liberal Plan Leaves No Skills Behind

Together We're Building A High-Skills, High Wage Economy

TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberal Plan will help highly educated new Canadian citizens get on-the-job training needed to be certified in their chosen profession, Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources in the Ontario Liberal government said today.

"We have too many engineers and architects driving taxis and mopping floors," Jeffrey said.  "We need everyone at their full potential and contributing to our economy, so we can create even more jobs."

Too often, highly educated new Canadian professionals face barriers gaining the on-the-job training and Canadian work experience they need to become certified in their profession.  The new No Skills Left Behind Training Credit would provide a tax credit worth up to $10,000 for business expenses related to on-the-job training for up to one year.  It is anticipated the tax credit would help about 1,200 Ontarians annually gain training they need to be recognized in their profession.

This builds on other training programs and tax credits that help Ontarians train for new jobs.  For example, workers laid-off during the global recession can be retrained for a second career.  The Second Career program has supported over 47,000 Ontarians so far in long-term retraining programs, providing up to $28,000 in direct support for tuition and living expenses.  To date, 75 per cent of graduates have found work.

Other programs and training tax credits already available to Ontarians and businesses include:

  • Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit — up to $10,000 per year for 4 years to help with cost of in-school training
  • Nursing Graduate Job Guarantee — placed over 10,000 new nurses in jobs so far
  • Summer Jobs Strategy — helps 100,000 students gain on-the-job experience
  • Targeted Initiative for Older Workers — helps older workers increase their ability to find and keep a job while the local economy changes
  • Small Business Enterprise Centres — helped over 11,500 businesses last year create over 13,000 jobs

"Ontario's economy is on track, but we all need to be at our best in order to compete and win," Greg Sorbara, MPP for Vaughan said. "This is all about making sure no skills are left behind, strengthening our economy and creating even more jobs."

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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