Canadore College is expanding its plumbing program.
The province is providing $3.4 million for six initiatives at the college, including plumbing training.
“The change means young people and job seekers in North Bay interested in pursuing rewarding careers as plumbers will be able to do so conveniently in North Bay,” says Vic Fedeli, MPP for Nipissing.
He says the current wait time for Northern Ontario apprentices in the Plumber 306A trade to attend school is approximately 17 months.
Fedeli says expanding this training to Canadore College means students in North Bay will be able to enter training significantly faster, and local employers will be able to find the apprentices they need to keep up with growing demand.
“The funds for our plumbing program will be used to continue our program development to meet the needs of the current and evolving trades workforce, as we build the Ontario economy,” says George Burton, President and CEO of Canadore College. “Our vision is to continue enhancing our world-class skilled trades environment that is preparing our students to enter the workforce with the latest skills while helping to meet the growing demand for plumbing graduates in the province.”
The funding is part of the government’s $1.5 billion Skilled Trades Strategy.