As part of the $115 million Skills Development Fund, the Government of Ontario has announced an investment of $690,000 to provide a new, free training program to 260 manufacturing employees around the province to upgrade productivity, health and safety in the workplace, and supply chain strength.

“The pandemic has shown us the importance of adapting quickly to meet unexpected challenges. This investment will help vital workers gain the skills they need so they can confidently face new challenges and continue to thrive.”
– Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development

The program is available to eligible Ontario employees at any manufacturing business at no cost. Courses will be offered as an in person and/or virtual format depending on employer and/or employee preference.

About the Free Ontario Training Program

Administered by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), eligible manufacturing job roles will be enhanced via training to help the sector adapt and adopt new processes, equipment, and operations to take on new and ongoing challenges triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first round of manufacturing training has already begun as the new program received more than 500 applications within the first month. An official second application intake is planned for later in 2021, but open applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis. 

“This government funding will enable CME to deliver free training to manufacturers across Ontario and help them network with other manufacturers through a series of industry peer councils.”
– Mathew Wilson, Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Policy, CME

Manufacturing employers and/or employees interested in applying for free training to upskill their jobs can receive more information and apply by contacting John Rodic from CME at [email protected]

Funding for Canadian Manufacturers

To learn more about government funding available for your manufacturing business, connect with a member of the Mentor Works Team

“The great differentiator in business is when an organization steps out and creates value from something never tried before.”
– Kerry Baskins, CEO, Peak Toolworks, from the foreword of Modern Manufacturing

Mentor Works is a business support organization specializing in Canadian government funding. The Ontario-based business has helped hundreds of businesses build and execute their funding strategy through a mix of federal and provincial government grants, loans, and tax credits. Mentor Works offers free online resources, funding webinars, and news via their website at

Author: Alena Barreca – As a Marketing Coordinator at Mentor Works, Alena helps Canadian business owners by creating educational content about government funding.

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