Some 300 people will get free training to work in the ailing northern Ontario tourism industry this summer thanks to a $1.25 million investment by the province.
The project aims to help those who have lost their job as a result of the pandemic and make sure employers have the resources they need to attract and retain workers, Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development officials announced in Kenora on Thursday, May 27.
Destination Northern Ontario participants will be trained for positions like customer service, front desk reception, guest services and housekeeping, as well as training in COVID-19-safe operating protocols, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, and service excellence.
At least 150 employers, mostly rural tourism operators, will be involved in hiring new workers to meet the expected demand, officials stated. Employers will be reimbursed 30% of wages up to $3,000 per worker hired.
The program will start in June with online, self-directed training to take place over the next few months, officials added.
Support for businesses suffering as a result of the pandemic was also provided in this year’s budget.