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Canadore College Receives More Than $500,000 for Job Training

June 11, 2019

NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is helping people in Nipissing to get the skills they need to prepare for quality jobs in the skilled trades.

“Ontario’s Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program helps people gain the trade-specific knowledge, basic job skills and valuable work experience they need to secure good jobs in high-demand trades,” said Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli.

“Ontario is funding local programs at colleges and other community organizations to offer training and experience for people who want to work in trades-related jobs and explore apprenticeship. Pre-apprenticeship programs also promote careers in the trades for all Ontarians, including newcomers, youth, women and Indigenous people.”

This funding will support 83 local projects that will help people develop the trade-specific knowledge, job skills and employment experience to start an apprenticeship. This includes $514,624 for Canadore College to deliver Cook training in North Bay, and General Carpenter training in North Bay and Parry Sound.

“Canadore College is a leader in training and is an important contributor to Nipissing’s economy. I’m pleased that they’re working with us to help more people develop the skills they need to thrive as apprentices,” said Fedeli.

The government passed the Making Ontario Open for Business Act in part to help modernize apprenticeship and reduce stifling regulatory burden in the skilled trades to create more opportunities for apprentices and employers.

“With this expanded funding for pre-apprenticeship training programs, we are helping more people get a successful start on the apprenticeship path. Our government is taking action to build a skilled workforce through a modernized apprenticeship and skilled trades system,” said Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Read more about the changes and Ontario’s plans to modernize apprenticeship here.



  • Ontario is investing even more in pre-apprenticeship training programs than previous years, with $18.1 million in funding for 83 projects.
  • This investment will help more than 1,600 people across the province prepare for jobs in the skilled trades.
  • Pre-apprenticeship training programs last up to one year and often combine level one apprenticeship classroom training in the program’s principal trade along with an 8-12 week work placement.
  • Pre-apprenticeship training is free and includes the cost of textbooks, safety equipment and tools.
  • Applications for the 2019-20 programs will open June 7, 2019.
  • To find out about other local programs, contact Employment Ontario by phone, e-mail or live chat.
  • Job seekers can visit ontario.ca/openforbusiness to get training, build their skills and access career information.



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