Ontario wants to train workers in the auto industry

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Ontario wants to train  workers in the automotive industry

Prime Minister Doug Ford has announced this training program at the Dyna-Mig parts plant in Stratford.

The Ontario government, which wants to become a leader in the construction of electric vehicles, will spend five million dollars to train 500 workers in the automotive sector.

The The announcement was made Wednesday at the Dyna-Mig parts plant in Stratford by Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Labor Monte McNaughton.

Ontario is struggling with a labor shortage for demographic reasons, the Premier noted, adding that 380,000 jobs are unfilled in the province.

La province will need skilled workers to expand production of electric vehicles, Ford said.

This funding will help prepare workers from underrepresented groups for jobs on the assembly lines, quality control and logistics.

The government is working with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association of Canada for job placement.

At the end of the training, all participants will receive an offer of a local employer, Doug Ford pledged

Flavio Volpe, CEO of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association of Canada, explained that the workforce automotive industry is aging and there is a need to recruit, train and retain workers.

He said this funding will help establish new pathways for historically excluded groups like youth, women, newcomers and racialized communities.

Minister McNaughton called autoworkers heroes.

With information from Kate Bueckert, CBC

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