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Ontario Will Pay You To Take This Training Program In Construction & Here's Who Is Eligible

These jobs can pay over $30 an hour.

Toronto Associate Editor
​Workers in the skilled trades.

Workers in the skilled trades.

Some young Ontarians will soon be able to apply to a totally free training program to help launch their careers in construction and carpentry.

On Thursday, April 14, the Ontario government announced it will be investing $200,000 into the course in order to help disadvantaged youth in the Chatham-Kent area.

The project will take on 75 people for a three-week introductory training course that will teach them what they need to know about how to use power tools, woodworking and safety.

Plus, all students who complete the program will get a paid stipend for the training course and a tool belt worth $150.

Throughout this program, students will also get hands-on training that will prepare them for future work in carpentry, general contracting, construction and even financial literacy and business communication.

"Our government is on a mission to ensure young people have the skills to find good jobs and build better lives for themselves and their families," Ontario Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton said in the release.

But there are limits to who can apply.

Anyone aged from 15 to 29 years old and who lives anywhere in Chatham-Kent, including Blenheim, Bothwell, Chatham, Dresden, Ridgetown, Thamesville, and Wallaceburg, can be considered.

Those who qualify can reach out to Phillip Mock via email at or by phone at 519-365-4042 to apply.

According to the provincial government, Ontarians can make some serious money if they get into the construction industry. In 2021, they earn an average wage of $32.07 per hour in the province, which is above the living wage that you need to make in order to live comfortably anywhere in Ontario.

This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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