New Jobs, New Waterfront

    McGuinty Government Invests In Training For New Careers

    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is helping Ontario colleges meet the growing demand for workers
in health sciences and skilled trades. The province will invest $61.5 million
in George Brown College (, creating up to 4,000 new
spots for more students.
    The funding will help build a new waterfront campus on land east of
Jarvis Street and expand two other campuses in Toronto. The new health
sciences centre ( will feature
the latest technology and almost 1,300 new nurses will be trained by 2015.
Construction of the campus will create about 880 jobs.
    The Casa Loma and St. James campuses will provide more apprenticeship
spaces and other training programs
( in skilled trades. Students
will learn high-demand skilled trades such as carpentry, industrial and
electrical technologies and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
    The funding is subject to the City of Toronto approving George Brown's
waterfront expansion.
    This funding is part of the government's three-year $1.5-billion Skills
to Jobs Action Plan (


    "Investing in a new campus for George Brown will create jobs - now and in
the future. Our students will graduate with the best training anywhere," said
Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "This investment will help us meet the demand for highly skilled workers
in Ontario, which will strengthen our economy and help improve everyone's
quality of life," said George Smitherman, MPP for Toronto Centre. "This is an
example of fantastic 'city building' - getting much needed extra
post-secondary school space while also revitalizing Toronto's waterfront."


    -   George Brown College currently operates out of three campuses in
        downtown Toronto, serving about 14,000 full-time students and 50,000
        continuing education students.

    -   Since 2002-03, the Ontario government has invested more than
        $38 million in George Brown to upgrade equipment, improve and build
        more campus space.

    -   About 4,000 new nurses will graduate in 2008. Ontario's Nursing
        Graduate Guarantee
        means every one of them will have the opportunity to obtain a
        full-time job.


    Learn how you can become an apprentice
    ( in Ontario.

    Read about Ontario's new Second Career
    ( program.

    See what programs are available
    ( at George Brown
    through Second Career.

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