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Building a stronger employment, training system

By Karen Myers and Kelly Pasolli      

The province’s adult-learning system isn’t equipped to address growing needs.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford's government, in its fall economic statement, highlighted the province’s efforts to transform its skills-training regime. The Hill Times file photograph by Andrew Meade

Last week’s fall economic statement from the Ontario government highlighted the province’s efforts to transform its skills-training regime. The policy and programming changes are sweeping, and include the consolidation of hundreds of employment service contracts into a small number of regional arrangements.

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