Helping Manufacturers Compete

    McGuinty Government Helping Ontario Manufacturers In The New Economy

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ -


    A new training program to make Ontario's manufacturing sector more
competitive in the global marketplace was launched today by the Yves Landry
    The program is being supported by a $25 million investment from the
Ontario government, a commitment first announced in the 2008 Budget.

    The program will provide up to $50,000 per project for training within
Ontario manufacturing companies. Examples of eligible training projects
    -   Developing new engineering skills
    -   Training in the use of new software, hardware or other tools to
        support innovation
    -   Retraining to use new technologies, new manufacturing methods, or new
        processes or procedures that improve competitiveness.

    The program will help companies adapt to the new global economy.
Application forms are available at


    "Congratulations to those leaders, particularly at the Foundation and my
colleague Minister Sandra Pupatello, for implementing this important vision in
our budget," said Michael Bryant, Minister of Economic Development. "The
Ontario government is strengthening our manufacturing industries and investing
in the people who will be leading the charge toward prosperity."
    "We are positioning Ontario as a global leader by investing in the
ability of our people to succeed," Sandra Pupatello
(, Minister
of International Trade and Investment said. "Our skilled, educated, and
diverse workforce is a key factor in attracting foreign investment and
creating jobs here in Ontario. An investment in the skills of our greatest
asset, our people, is an investment in a stronger Ontario."
    "Since its inception, the Yves Landry Foundation has worked to establish
education and training programs that support and encourage the development of
highly qualified technical people focusing on innovation and skills
development in all areas of the business," said Karyn Brearley, Executive
Director of the Foundation. "Competitiveness through innovation is the only
survival route for Ontario's manufacturing companies and we are extremely
proud to be partnering with the provincial government in offering this
innovative manufacturing competitiveness initiative."


    -   The Yves Landry Foundation ( was
        established in 1998 to advance technological education and skills
    -   Manufacturing accounted for 14.4 per cent of Ontario's total
        employment in 2007.
    -   Ontario has the second highest number of manufacturing employees of
        any jurisdiction in North America, after California.


    Find out more about Ontario's support for a strong economy at

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For further information:

For further information: Greg Crone, Minister's Office, (416) 606-8562;
Eric Shapiro, Communications Branch, (416) 325-6698

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