Ontario Helping 100 000 Workers Train for In-Demand Jobs

Published on July 20, 2021

TORONTO— Our government is investing $5.8 million in free online training to help 100,000 workers gain the skills they need to find good jobs and restart their careers. Courses will focus on building skills most in-demand like IT, finance and business administration.

A total funding of $115 million is dedicated by our government to the Skills Development Fund to address challenges to hiring, training and retraining workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As our province safely and steadily reopens we’re seeing strong demand for qualified workers across many industries,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Through this partnership with LinkedIn, we’ve identified the top skills employers are looking for and we’re offering free online training to help workers and their families get back on their feet.”

Workers will have access to over 17,000 courses, including videos taught by global industry experts. This partnership with LinkedIn and First Work Ontario aligns with Ontario’s efforts to quickly re-skill laid off workers, reach traditionally under-represented groups and support the talent needs of small businesses.

“As we enter Step 3 of the Re-Opening, it is important to remember that not all industries will not rebound at the same rate,” said Deepak Anand, MPP for Mississauga-Malton. “That is why our government is investing heavily in retraining and skills development programs, to help laid off workers find jobs more quickly at no personal expense, and will help their families put food on the table.”

Employment service providers have access to local labour market data, and will also be able to use the platform’s employer outreach tools to build relationships with local employers to connect workers with job placements more quickly.

"As we move forward with reopening, our government is committed to helping workers find good, meaningful and well-paying jobs," said Robin Martin, MPP for Eglinton-Lawrence. "This important investment will ensure everyone looking for work can quickly access the training they need to start in-demand jobs and get back on their feet."

To apply, workers can contact their local employment service provider, or they can go to linkedin.firstwork.org to sign up.

If you have any questions or concerns about the program, feel free to contact our Office at (905) 696 0367 or email us at [email protected].



Quick Facts

  • The free online training is available until March 31, 2022 through LinkedIn.
  • 2,100 in-demand courses are also offered in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin and Portuguese.
  • To apply, workers can contact their local employment service provider, or go to linkedin.firstwork.org to sign up.
  • Ontario's unemployment rate was 8.4% in June 2021.
  • In April 2021, Ontario employers were actively recruiting for an estimated 250,000 positions.
  • LinkedIn, which posts millions of jobs annually, is the most popular job board in Canada with over 17 million users and over 450,000 companies represented.
  • Ontario’s Skills Development Fund is supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.
  • Please email [email protected] with further questions.

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