Province announces funding for Algonquin apprenticeship labs

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The provincial government announced $4.8 million in funding Friday for apprenticeship programs at Algonquin College.

Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli announced $4.8 million in funding for apprenticeship programs at Algonquin College on March 11.

The college will now launch two new electrical labs in 2017 with room for 120 apprentices and a welding lab in 2018 that will support a number of different apprenticeship programs.

“Ottawa has many exciting construction projects underway in the coming years, including light rail, and this investment will help ensure Ontario's future workforce has the skills and training for the jobs of tomorrow," Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Bob Chiarelli said in a statement.

While $4.6 million will go to those new labs, an additional $238,053 will go to a cook pre-apprenticeship program for 20 Aboriginal students that will begin in May.

Algonquin president Cheryl Jensen called the announcement an investment in the community’s future.

“We are forging a new path in the training of the workers of tomorrow, workers who will keep our city and province at the forefront of innovation," Ms. Jensen said in a statement.

Construction on the new labs is set to begin this summer. The electrical labs will be housed in the college’s centre for construction excellence and the welding lab will go in the college’s automotive building.

Organizations: Algonquin apprenticeship labs.

Geographic location: Ottawa, Ontario

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