The Ontario 2021 Budget included a $592,000 investment towards the creation of well-paying jobs in the construction sector, such as environmental engineers, surveyors, civil engineers, and general managers to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19.
Funding for these jobs was provided by the Ontario government’s $115 million Skills Development Fund.
To view the entire list of grant and wage subsidy programs from the federal and provincial governments, you can view our Hiring & Training program directory page.
What This Investment Means
The ongoing pandemic has brought many challenges with it, job retention among the toughest of them. The Ontario government is introducing new hiring and training programs that help address these issues by lowering the cost of hiring and retaining employees.
“Too many of our neighbours lost their jobs since this pandemic began. They lost their jobs through no fault of their own, but rather due to a virus that has required unprecedented restrictions on our economy to keep each other safe. It simply is not fair.” – Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development
Funding has been granted to the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering to help develop a new Hamilton-based certificate program called the Sustainable Infrastructure Training Program. This program aims to provide training and resources for up to 150 current and future technologists and engineers in the construction sector to design, construct, operate, and maintain infrastructure that is sustainable and resilient to climate changes.
The Future of the Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit
The Ontario 2021 Budget is proposing a new Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit. This would be a temporary, refundable Personal Income Tax credit that would deliver support for 2021.
The credit would provide up to $2,000 in relief for 50 per cent of eligible expenses. The Ontario Jobs Training Tax Credit would provide an estimated $260 million in support to about 230,000 people in 2021, or about $1,100 on average.
The Canadian federal and provincial governments are constantly introducing new hiring & training grants and wage subsidies, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about how your business can find and hire the best recruit by downloading our free How to Recruit Top Talent slide deck. You can also view the government hiring & training program directory.