New Paid Training and Job Placements for Disadvantaged Youth

Friday, May 14, 2021

A new provincially-run project in the skilled trades is offering 150 youths from underrepresented communities up to $3000 of paid training, and work experience in construction jobs in Ottawa, Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area. 

If you are a youth between the ages of 18 and 29 living in low-income or a disadvantaged community you’ll be eligible to apply for the 10-week pre-apprenticeship program. This includes youths experiencing homelessness and those living in community housing. Ontario is investing $2 million in the project that will be led by Brook Restorations Ltd.

Youths enrolled in the program will have two weeks of in-house classroom learning at Brook Restoration Ltd.’s head office in Etobicoke, as well as eight weeks of on-the-job training with them and several local businesses in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa. Participants will earn up to $3,000 during the training and those who successfully complete the program will be offered jobs by Brook Restoration Ltd.

Program participants will be trained to begin a career in construction by learning  about: 

  • general building techniques
  • how to work with power tools, 
  • the use of different products in construction
  • an introduction to the overall building envelope restoration and construction

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, made the announcement today and said, “We know that youth, especially those in marginalized communities, have really felt the brunt of this pandemic, with the youth unemployment rate above 20%  in April. This project is a great example of local businesses stepping up with a solution tailored to help those who need it most, so we can give the next generation the skills they need to support their families and make our communities stronger.”

The first round of training starts on May 24, 2021 and runs until July 16, 2021, with two additional cohorts expected to run from September 13, 2021 to November 5, 2021, and January 17, 2022 to March 11, 2022.

For more information and to apply for the program contact Brook Restoration Ltd. at [email protected] or partner organizations: Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation, Toronto Community Housing and Youth Job Connection.