Skilled trades, undergraduate education subject of economic vision for Ontario

January 26, 2012

In a new report, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the University of Toronto's Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation analyze Ontario's key assets and challenges and propose 5 strategic priorities for the province, one of which is building a 21st century workforce through workplace training, utilizing newcomers' skills, and apprenticeship reform. One of the challenges for Ontario is that there are not enough students entering the skilled trades to meet the labour market demand. To build a 21st century workforce, the report recommends objectively reviewing journeyperson to apprentice ratios and bringing them as close to 1:1 as possible. The report also recommends the Ontario government pursue the creation of new undergraduate teaching universities and greater integration between the university and college sector to allow for simpler transfers and transitions between PSE institutions. OCC/Mowat Centre News Release | Read the report