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Ontario Working for Workers by Investing in Training for Good Jobs in Newmarket—Aurora

Province helping workers in Newmarket earn bigger paycheques and advance their careers

NEWS                                              April 28, 2022

NEWMARKET  — The Ontario government is working for workers by investing a total of $3.9 million in two Newmarket organizations offering innovative and fresh projects that will train and upskill workers in the community. These resilient programs support individuals to be more employable with future-ready skills that respond to labour market demands.

Riding recipients and their projects include:

  • Newmarket Chamber Of Commerce – ‘Accelerate Newmarket’ is an innovative program developed  to provide education, training, skills development and support to new and existing entrepreneurs. Through the partnership between the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, Treefrog and Schulich School of Business, participants are equipped with the tools, training, business acumen and network needed to ensure acceleration and growth.
  • Fair Chance Learning – ‘FC Skills Accelerator’ is an online learning program platform enableling participants to earn in-demand, industry-recognized micro-credentials. Its innovative approach to skills training features a unique blend of wrap-around supports  (instructional support, mentorship, community of practice, etc.) specifically designed to ensure increased learning engagement and eventual accreditation.   

“Our government is working for workers and is proud to support entrepreneurs and youth by guiding them down the many available paths to advance their specialized skills and individual growth,” said Christine Elliott, MPP for Newmarket—Aurora. “This funding will help build a stronger community and further strengthen the training and educational programs that support Newmarket—Aurora workers by allowing them to quickly prepare for in-demand jobs with great pay.”

This initiative is supported through the government’s Skills Development Fund, which has provided over $200 million in funding for innovative projects that address challenges to hiring, training, or retraining workers during the pandemic.

“Our government is working for workers every day. Through our Skills Development Fund, we’re giving workers the training they need to fill in-demand jobs, earn bigger paycheques and advance in rewarding careers that make their families and communities stronger,” said Minister McNaughton. “Our government has a workers-first  plan to deliver a stronger Ontario. As build today for a better tomorrow, we need all hands on deck. We’re leaving nobody behind and we’re getting it done.”

This investment builds on the government’s ongoing efforts to attract, support and protect workers, making Ontario the top place in the world to work, live and raise a family. It follows legislation Minister McNaughton recently passed that provides foundational rights for digital platform workersrequirements for employers to disclose their electronic monitoring of employees and for businesses in high-risk settings to have Naloxone kits on hand, and several red tape reductions to encourage out-of-province workers to help fill the generational labour shortage.


“The digitization of Ontario’s workplaces was accelerated through the pandemic and ensuring we reskill our workforce to meet this demand will be key to our post-pandemic recovery,” says Martha Jez, CEO and Co-Founder of Fair Chance Learning. “The FC Skills Accelerator program will do exactly that by enabling 2,500 individuals to earn in-demand, industry-recognized micro-credentials, such as Microsoft Office Specialist, Adobe Certified Professional, Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Intuit; Cybersecurity, Apple Swift; Project Management Institute, among others. We’re excited to bring this scalable, robust reskilling program to the York Region this year, and look forward to the potential to expand to other regions across Ontario in the future.”

                                                        Martha Jez, CEO and Co-Founder of Fair Chance Learning

“We’re proud to partner with York University’s Schulich School of Business and the Treefrog Accelerator to deliver our Accelerate Newmarket Program. Funded by the Province of Ontario, this unique program is building on a successful first year where we saw over 100 participants accelerate their businesses. These businesses are creating the jobs of the future. This year’s investment will see 200 participants receive the mentorship and guidance provided by the Treefrog Accelerator, and 100 will receive a mini-MBA from the Schulich School of Business. We’re excited about the impact this will have on our local business eco-system.”

Chris Emanuel, President & CEO of Newmarket Chamber of Commerce

Quick Facts

  • Data suggests that the need to replace retiring workers is greater for skilled trades workers than for other occupations. In 2016, nearly one in three journeypersons in Ontario were aged 55 years or older.
  • In the fall of 2021, there were more than 360,000 jobs vacant in Ontario.
  • Ontario’s Skills Development Fund is supported through labour market transfer agreements between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.  

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