Ontario – Funding available for workforce development and skilled trades and apprenticeship training projects

October 12, 2021

The application period is now open for the second round of Ontario’s Skills Development Fund (SDF). SDF funding is intended to support Ontario’s economic recovery by unlocking the economic potential of the skilled trades. There is $83M available and applications will be accepted until March 31, 2022, or until all funds are distributed.

Projects that upskill the current workforce and/or prepare the future workforce are eligible for funding. Training projects will be given special consideration if they support postsecondary and high school graduates with disabilities or those experiencing mental health challenges.

Applications must demonstrate how funding will support one or more of the following 3 focus areas:

  1. Ensure a resilient workforce by supporting access into the labour market, and/or retention and capacity-building for employers
  2. Empower workers and job seekers, including women and Indigenous peoples, who face higher barriers of entry, and enhance pathways into meaningful and gainful employment
  3. Encourage partnerships across the economy

As an example of the type of training projects funded through the SDF, the Labourers’ International Union of North America received $334,487 in the previous round of funding. The funding gives 8,000 members of a local chapter, as well as construction craft worker apprentices, free access to a wide range of online skills and safety courses.

Fully detailed application guidelines can be found here. To apply, applicants must register with Transfer Payment Ontario.


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How the program works

  • Members select their departure city from the drop-down menu
    1. Choose Valet or Self-Park where applicable
    2. Enter their outbound and return dates
    3. Click find your rate
    4. The rates will automatically load
    5. Print a copy of the coupon
  • When exiting the lot
    1. Scan the printed Park’N Fly coupon at the Self-Park pay station
  • If members are using a Valet location
    • Hand a copy of the printed voucher to the agent at check-out or give them the discount code 1120313 once the code is entered by the agent the rate will automatically append to the AIA Canada rate program.
  • Discount Code 1120313
  • At check out members simply scan their pre-printed coupon the Valet or Self-Park pay station
  • When exiting the lot
    • Select form of payment
      1. Credit card
      2. Debit card
    • If they have any difficulties simply
      1. Manually enter 1120313 at the pay station and the rate will be applied
    • Scan the Park’N Fly ticket