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  • February 29, 2016

Getting London and Area Apprentices Ready to Work

Province Invests in New Equipment and Local On-The-Job Training

Today, Deb Matthews, MPP London North Centre, was at Fanshawe College where she announced that the province is investing a combined $4.2 million through the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund and Pre-Apprenticeship Training programs to help the next generation of skilled tradespeople in London and the surrounding area access the training, equipment and facilities they need to prepare for the workforce.


  • Fanshawe College is receiving $2,457,500 to modernize equipment for apprentices in automotive and agricultural equipment trades, and support to introduce pre-apprentices to truck technician trades in London and culinary trades in Simcoe.  
  • LiUNA local 1059 is receiving $432,000 for multi-media classroom technology and scaled model training equipment, as well as support to help people begin training in construction and cement mixing trades.
  • Collège Boréal is receiving $117,000 support to introduce Francophone women and newcomers to child development and educational trades.
  • Brick and Allied Craft Union of Canada is receiving $156,000 to help people begin training in construction and masonry trades.
  • London Training Centre, working with Fanshawe and Literacy London, is receiving $98,546 to provide introductory training in the culinary trades.
  • The London District Catholic School Board is receiving $68,585 to provide pre-apprenticeship training in the automotive trades.
  • In Stratford, the Technical Training Group is receiving $196,393 to introduce workers to the carpenter and machinist trades and the Stratford Chef’s School is receiving $270,000 to set up state-of-the-art barrier-free kitchens to help train apprentices.
  • In Sarnia, Lambton College is receiving $235,430 for a computer lab and multi-media classrooms, and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers is receiving $178,331 to purchase a welding machine and simulator and other equipment.



"I’m proud our government is making a major investment to ensure London and area apprentices receive the highest standard of training. This investment will give apprentices the hands-on experience they need to thrive in the skilled trades, and contribute to our economy.”
– Deb Matthews MPP, London North Centre

“Apprentices are an important part of a highly-trained workforce and the combination of classroom instruction with workplace experience ensures our graduates are job-ready. This funding will help Fanshawe update our equipment, ensuring our students are learning in a state-of-the-art facility,” said Fanshawe President Peter Devlin. “We thank the Government of Ontario for their support of Fanshawe College and our apprenticeship programs.”
– Peter Devlin, President, Fanshawe College

“Our government always talks about the importance of Building Ontario Up, and our talented skilled tradespeople are literally doing that in every corner of our province, including London Ontario’s apprenticeship training system, supported by employers, colleges and unions, is a crucial part of our plan to build the highly-skilled workforce we need to compete, and I’m proud that we are supporting so many projects that will bring new equipment and high demand training programs to the local markets that need it.”
– Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities



  • The Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund and Pre-Apprenticeship Training program are part of Ontario’s renewed Youth Jobs Strategy.
  • Apprenticeship training helps future tradespeople develop the skills they need to be successful in high-demand trades through hands-on work experience and in-school training.
  • Ontario is investing in 28 more pre-apprenticeship programs compared to 2014-15, an increase of 50 per cent.
  • New annual apprenticeship registrations in programs across Ontario have grown from 17,100 in 2002-03 to more than 26,500 in 2014-15.
  • This investment will help support the almost one in five new jobs in the province that is expected to be created in the trades in the coming decade.

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