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Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
1,793 days in office
Ontario's 42nd Parliament
07 Jun 2018 - 03 May 2022
Ontario's 43rd Parliament
02 Jun 2022 - Present

The 2022 Ontario general election was held on June 2, 2022 to elect the 124 members of the 43rd Parliament of Ontario. The Progressive Conservative (PC) Party of Ontario, led by Doug Ford, won a majority government with 83 of the 124 seats in the legislature. The incumbent party, they increased their seat share from 76 in the 2018 election. They campaigned on a slogan to “get it done,” pledging to build highways and transit infrastructure and open up the “Ring of Fire,” a mineral-rich area in northern Ontario. Instead of an election platform, the Ontario PC Party presented its promises on its website in the form of press releases throughout the campaign.

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Promise History

2.03.05 - “[A] re-elected PC government will invest $1 billion over the next three years to continue getting more workers into good jobs in the skilled trades”

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The Ford government has made two notable investments in a Skills Development Fund; the first of $5m to auto workers in August, and the second of $90m to support skills and training opportunities for people under- or unemployed. This promise remains in progress as more investments are made towards the promised $1bn to get people into jobs in the skilled trades.

“Ontario says it is investing $90 million to support upgrading the skills of workers. The province says the funding opens on Thursday to anyone who is unemployed or underemployed. […] The current round of funding will prioritize applications for the skilled trades, health care, technology and manufacturing industries.”

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“The Ontario government is working for workers by investing $5 million to provide free training to 500 people from underrepresented groups to prepare them for well-paying jobs in the province’s thriving automotive manufacturing sector. The project will provide participants with the necessary skills for rewarding careers in machine operation, assembly, quality control, and logistics. The program will also help address a critical shortage of workers in a vital industry as Ontario positions itself as a North American leader in auto manufacturing.[…] This project is funded by Ontario’s Skills Development Fund, a more than $200 million initiative that supports innovative programs that connect job seekers with the skills and training they need to find well-paying careers close to home.”

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“The Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021 is enacted. The Act sets out provisions regarding the practice of trades in Ontario and apprenticeship training and certification, and provides for the continuation of the Ontario College of Trades under the name Skilled Trades Ontario (“the Corporation”).”

“Skilled trades workers are vital to Ontario’s future growth and prosperity, so it is more important than ever to break the stigma associated with these jobs, simplify the system and encourage employer participation. It is also important to identify and remove barriers for those who do not often consider the trades, such as women and Indigenous peoples, to encourage their participation in apprenticeship training. This is why the government is investing an additional $114.4 million over three years in its Skilled Trades Strategy.”

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