July & August 2020 – OADC Bi-Monthly Newsletter

Learn more about what’s happening in the industry with the OADC July & August 2020 newsletter.


Ontario is Expanding Youth Training Programs to Promote the Skilled Trades

The Ontario Government is investing $43 million in expanded youth training programs to give young people exposure to more employment options. The programs will help increase awareness and encourage youth to acquire the skills that will start them down the path to lifelong success while supporting Ontario’s economic recovery and future prosperity.
Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, announced the investments and the appointment of three industry leaders to advise on attracting youth to the trades, in London at the Children’s Museum.The government’s investments to attract and train youth in the trades include:

  • $5 million, an increase of $3.5 million, to Skills Ontario so they can increase awareness of the trades among elementary and secondary students.
  • $17 million, an increase of $2.3 million, in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) to send representatives to schools to provide high school students with the opportunity to learn about work in the skilled trades, and/or train as apprentices while completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • $21 million in Ontario’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training program, giving students and graduates exposure to a variety of good jobs in the skilled trades. The program is free for participants and includes a work placement

In addition, Ontario is appointing three Youth Advisors to engage with youth, educators, business, parents and other key partners as well as the Minister of Labour Training and Skills Development on how to reduce stigma and make the trades a viable first choice for young people. They will advise on increasing awareness of the skilled trades among elementary school students, starting in grade one, with a focus on grades seven and eight, and on making it easier for high school students to learn about the options in the trades and to begin an apprenticeship pathway while continuing to earn secondary school credits.
“Today’s announcement reflects our government’s priority to encourage youth to explore the tremendous opportunities in skilled trades,” said Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “A career in the skilled trades is both rewarding and life changing.”


The following Provincial and Government Legislation and Regulation updates were provided by our partner, COCA, for the months of July and August 2020.

  • To read the July 2020 MLTSD Report, click here.

COCA Year in Review

  • To read the COCA 2019 Year in review, click here.

If you have any questions or have any Provincial news that you would like reported to your organization, please contact Margaret Taylor, Executive Director, 416-684-9599 or mtaylor@oadc.ca.

Government of Ontario News

Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development Monthly Newsletter

  • To read the July 2020 newsletter, click here.
  • To read the August 2020 newsletter, click here.

CCP Partners

CCPartners Industry News

  • To read the COVID-19 updates and blogs, click here.
  • Read the article: Don’t Get Schooled: Know How to Address Requests for Leaves and Accommodation in this COVID-19 School Year here