Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

May 22, 2009 09:30 ET

Governments of Canada and Ontario Support Workers Affected by Economic Downturn

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - To help workers hit hardest by the global recession, the Government of Canada is investing more than $627 million in Ontario's employment and training programs under an agreement signed today between the federal and provincial governments.

The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities for Ontario, signed the agreement today.

"Our government is taking quick action to counter the effects of the economic downturn," said Minister Finley. "Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, we are supporting Canadians by providing new opportunities for short- and long-term skills upgrading that will help prepare them for the jobs of the future."

"These investments will help Ontario workers develop new skills for today's labour market and forge new futures for themselves and their families," said the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Whitby-Oshawa, who joined Minister Finley at the announcement.

"To create tomorrow's skilled workforce, we need strong partnerships between government, business, labour and educational players," said Minister Milloy. "This agreement builds on our work and will help us do more."

This new funding is in addition to the more than $1.4 billion provided to the Province of Ontario over the next two years for employment and training programs under existing agreements.

Under the new agreement, the Government of Canada's investment will help the Province provide employment and training programs and assist workers affected by the economic downturn.

Nationally, the federal government has announced $1.5 billion in new investments over the next two years to respond to the economic downturn and provide training and skills development for more than 150,000 workers.

Similar announcements were made today in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Agreements with Nova Scotia, Quebec and British Columbia are already in place.

As a result, the Government of Canada now has in place amended Labour Market and Labour Market Development Agreements with nine provinces. Agreements with Newfoundland and Labrador and the three territories are expected to be concluded shortly.

Canada's Economic Action Plan is the Government of Canada's strategy to protect Canadians from the impacts of the global economic downturn and help provide for the country's long-term growth. Through major targeted initiatives, the Government is investing an unprecedented $8.3 billion to support workers and their families, including measures for income support, skills and training.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

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Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Milloy
    Annette Philips
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
    Tanya Blazina
    Communications Branch