PCA Welcomes Continued Focus on Skills Training and Infrastructure Investments

The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) whose members build major infrastructure projects and employ thousands of skilled trades across Canada is encouraged the Ontario government’s fall economic statement tabled today continues the focus on attracting individuals into the skilled trades, and investing in infrastructure.

“We’re pleased that this government recognizes the crucial role of getting more shovels in the ground and investing in skills training to grow our economy and workforce,” said Karen Renkema, Vice-President, Ontario for PCA. “These are the kinds of investments Ontario needs to rebuild the economy, support our communities and open up more well-paying careers in the skilled construction trades. Specifically, we look forward to details of the $90.3 million Skilled Trades Strategy, and hope that employers will be recognized as a vital component of apprenticeship and skilled trades training.”

Highlights of the “2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario” include:

  • The government’s plan to build, expand and repair highways and bridges, through a $2.6 billion Ontario Highways Program in 2021/2022
  • Committing nearly $1 billion to support the planning and construction of an all-season road network in Far North
  • Investing additional $90.3 million over three years starting in 2021/22 in a Skilled Trades Strategy that will include enhancements to the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and the Pre‑Apprenticeship Training Program (PCA expects more details on this program in the near future).