If you're looking for a higher-paying career and the education to help you get there, you're in luck. The Ontario government is making more than 16,000 courses available across a bunch of different fields, without the steep tuition fees, and you can sign up now.

Ontario's minister of labour, training and skills development made the announcement on Tuesday morning.

"Today, I'm pleased to announce that our government is investing $5.8 million in free online training from LinkedIn Learning to help 100,000 workers gain the skills they need to find good jobs and restart their careers," said Monte McNaughton. "Through this initiative, workers will have access to more than 16,000 courses. Topics include fundamental business skills, like building complex spreadsheets, and creative skills like learning web design code."

The free online training will be available until March 31, 2022, through LinkedIn, and employment career experts will coach each worker on which courses match their needs and personal career goals.

According to McNaughton, more than 250,000 jobs in Ontario are going unfilled and labour shortages are creating challenges for businesses.

"We are seeing many new opportunities in fields like information technology, finance, and business administration. This includes careers as computer programmers and interactive media developers making an average of $81,400 per year. Financial and investment analysts who make around $78,000 per year. And human resources professionals who earn about $72,000," said McNaughton.

The funding will come from the government's $115 million skills development fund, which addresses, "[...] challenges to hiring, training and retraining workers because of the COVID-19 pandemic," according to a press release.

You can go to linkedin.firstwork.org to sign up.