McGuinty Government Making It Easier For Newcomers To Quickly Access Jobs And Training

    New Multilingual Referral Service For Employment Ontario

    TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - Callers to Employment Ontario's toll-free
hotline will receive help in the language of their choice, Chris Bentley,
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities said today.
    "We're keeping Ontario moving forward by offering newcomers multilingual
interpretation for Employment Ontario programs geared towards their success,"
Bentley said. "It's now faster and easier for newcomers to access training and
obtain job counseling - ultimately helping Ontario become more prosperous."
    Bentley was joined by Michael Chan, MPP Markham and Peter Fonseca, MPP
Mississauga East for a live demonstration of the new multilingual service at
an Employment Ontario funded ACCES Employment Services centre in Toronto.
    "This new service will help newcomers continue their careers in Ontario,"
said Chan. "Employment Ontario is a one-stop shop for anyone who wants to
learn about how Ontario's job market works, connect with potential employers,
and find out where to brush up on their language skills."
    Newcomers to Ontario can call the toll-free Employment Ontario hotline
and tell staff which language they wish to use. Within minutes a certified
interpreter will be linked to the call to interpret for both caller and staff
person. Newcomers can be linked to information about language programs
supported by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration as well as Employment
Ontario programs and services.
    Newcomers make up about 29 per cent of Ontario's workforce. Since
November 2006, information about Employment Ontario programs and services has
been available online in 25 languages, including English and French.
    "The staff at ACCES speak various languages reflecting the thousands of
newcomers we serve every year," said Manjeet Dhiman, Director of Services at
ACCES Employment Services. "Providing service to our participants in their
first language allows us to build stronger connections with them and it
ensures that they gain a more in-depth understanding of the information and
services we provide."
    This year, the McGuinty government is investing close to $1 billion in
Employment Ontario's programs and services to help more than 900,000 Ontarians
find employment and training. Bentley also announced new investments in key
Employment Ontario programs and services:

    -  Job Connect - Links people seeking employment and employers seeking
       staff to meet their business needs. Job Connect is receiving
       $7.5 million in additional funding this year, for a total of $134
       million. This is up from $105 million in 2003-04.

    -  Classroom spaces for apprentices - New investments in provincial
       in-school training will help the government meet its commitment to
       increase the number of new apprenticeship registrations to 26,000
       annually in 2007-08. The government is investing close to $90 million
       in classroom spaces, an increase of $25 million over investments in

    -  Literacy programming - Investment is rising from $70 to $74 million
       this year, to help people build literacy, numeracy and other essential
       skills, thereby opening doors to further education, training and
       employment. This is up from $60.5 million in 2003-04.

    "Through Employment Ontario, we are building a well-trained, highly
skilled workforce. This is just one more example of how, working together,
Ontarians are building a brighter future," Bentley said.

    For more information about programs and services, contact the Employment
Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656, or visit

                       ANNOUNCEMENT TIME AND LOCATION:

    DATE:           Thursday, August 23, 2007

    TIME:           1:00 p.m.

    LOCATION:       ACCES Employment Services
                    489 College St, Suite 100
                    (near College and Bathurst)

    A demonstration of the new service will be available in Cantonese and

    Disponible en français


                   Employment Ontario Investments 2007-08

    Employment Ontario, the province's integrated employment and training
network, provides seamless and coordinated training, apprenticeship and
employment services through a network of 1,200 third-party service providers
in about 900 locations.
    In 2007-08, the province's planned investments in Employment Ontario
total over $1 billion, creating the capacity to serve more than 900,000

                                      Planned       Planned       Potential
       TOTAL EMPLOYMENT ONTARIO      Investment   Participants    Employers
                                      1,081.86       815,700       122,000
    Training and Skills                     Program Description
    Academic Upgrading       Provides training and work experience to help
                             "at risk" youth and adults in low-wage,
                             low-skill employment attain an Ontario Secondary
                             School Diploma equivalent certification.
    Apprenticeship Client    Issues and renews Certificates of Qualification,
    Services                 schedules classroom training, collects fees, and
                             provides registration and counselling services
                             to apprentices and employers.
    Apprenticeship           $1,000 scholarships for high-school leavers who
    Scholarships/Employer    return to school to qualify to enter
    Signing Bonuses          apprenticeships; plus a $2,000 per apprentice
                             signing bonus for employers who support
                             candidates' registration and provide
                             apprenticeship training.
    Apprenticeship Training  On-the-job and classroom training of
                             apprentices, leading to certification in skilled
    Co-op Diploma            Increases flexibility and accessibility for
    Apprenticeship Program   young people who choose skilled trades training,
                             by combining a college diploma with
                             apprenticeship training.
    Literacy and Basic       Literacy services to help adults who are out of
    Skills                   school and lack the literacy skills necessary to
                             find and keep a job or meet everyday needs.
    Loans for Tools          Helps apprentices purchase their tools.
    Modular Training         Supports on-the-job training. Fills skills gaps
                             and responds to health and safety concerns,
                             mainly in mining, forestry, crane-operation and
                             commercial vehicle maintenance.
    Ontario Youth            Offers students the opportunity to train as
    Apprenticeship Program   apprentices while completing their secondary
                             school diplomas.
    Pre-Apprenticeship       Provides opportunities for people to learn
    Training                 trade-related skills essential to becoming an
    Connecting People with                  Program Description
    Apprenticeship Training  Allows employers to claim up to $5,000 each year
    Tax Credit               to a total of $15,000 per eligible apprentice
                             over the first three years of training in
                             designated skilled trades.
    Job Connect              The province's primary employment program helps
                             job seekers find and keep jobs.
    Ontario Summer Jobs      Represents summer employment programs and
    Strategy                 services across six provincial ministries.
                             Includes the Summer Jobs Service, Summer Company
                             Program, Summer Experience Program, Ontario
                             Rangers, Ontario/Quebec Summer Student Job
                             Exchange, Ontario Government Regular Summer
                             Student Hiring.
    Meeting Community Needs                 Program Description
    Adjustment Advisory      Provides adjustment services, including needs
    Program                  assessments, individual action planning and
                             information on training and education to
                             employees affected by company/plant closures.
    Rapid Re-employment      Helps communities and employees deal with plant
    and Training Service     or company closures. The service provides a
                             government response within one hour of a public
                             announcement of a major closure or downsizing;
                             an action plan for the affected community within
                             30 days, and individual action plans for
                             affected workers, including a training plan,
                             where appropriate, within 15 days of an initial
    Local Boards             Twenty-one community-based organizations that
                             assess local labour market needs.
    Part II Employment                      Program Description
    Benefits (EI Part 1
    Clients only)
    Job Creation             Projects provide insured participants with
    Partnerships             opportunities to gain work experience that will
                             lead to ongoing employment. Projects help
                             develop the community and local economy.
    Self Employment Benefit  Provides financial assistance and business
                             planning advice to EI-eligible participants to
                             help them start their own businesses. Financial
                             assistance helps cover living and other expenses
                             during the initial stages of the business.
    Skills Development       Helps insured participants obtain employment
                             skills through direct financial assistance that
                             enables them to select, arrange and pay for
                             their own training.
    Targeted Wage Subsidies  Helps eligible unemployed individuals obtain
                             on-the-job work experience by providing
                             employers with financial assistance towards the
                             wages of insured participants they hire. The
                             subsidy encourages employers to employ people
                             they might not normally hire.
    Part II Support Measures                Program Description
    Employment Assistance    Provides funding to organizations to enable them
    Services                 to provide employment services to unemployed
                             people. These services may include counselling,
                             action planning, job search skills, job finding
                             clubs, job placement services, providing labour
                             market information, case management and
    Labour Market            Provides funding to help employers, employee and
    Partnerships             employer associations, and communities improve
                             their capacity for dealing with human resources
                             requirements and implement labour force
                             adjustments. These involve developing plans and
                             strategies and implementing adjustment measures.
    Other                                   Program Description
    Apprenticeship           Provides funding to update apprenticeship
    Innovation Fund          classroom training standards and to support
                             innovative training methods.
    Employment Ontario       Provides information to the public on government
    Hotline                  employment and training programs/services.
    Ontario Job Bank         Online job postings, available to all Canadians,
                             at Jobs posted on this site
                             are from all areas of Ontario and across Canada.
    Sector Initiative Fund   Helps industry sectors/organizations develop
                             training programs to address skills gaps.
    Skills Training          Provides funding to union-employer training
    Infrastructure Program   centres to replace or purchase new equipment to
                             help bring more workers, trainees, apprentices
                             and journeypersons to industry standard.
    Ontario Skills Passport  The Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) is a
                             bilingual, free web-based resource
                             ( that provides
                             clear descriptions of the essential skills and
                             work habits important for work, learning and
                             life. It provides a consistent method for
                             employers to assess and record essential skills
                             and work habits that individuals demonstrate in
                             the workplace. The OSP includes applications,
                             assessment tools and resources for use in a wide
                             range of educational and training contexts, as
                             well as tools for employers.

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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, Ministry of Training, Colleges
and Universities, (416) 325-2746; Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or
1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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