June 18th Weekly Update

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Our government is working hard to deliver on items that matter to Ontarians. In this edition of the Weekly Update, you can find the latest news on what the province is doing to:
  • Invest in Nuclear Power
  • Provide Training for In Demand Carpenters 
  • Extend the free Learn to Fish program to Toronto

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Ontario Lands Major Nuclear Agreements Abroad; Creates Jobs at Home

The Ontario Government announced the completion of the first phase of site preparation for Ontario’s first Small Modular Reactor (SMR), the first in the G7, being built at Darlington. In addition, the government announced the successful completion of trade missions to Romania and France, securing significant deals totalling $360 million that will support Ontario’s economy and workforce. These agreements will leverage the province’s nuclear expertise to create jobs for Ontario workers and grow the province’s nuclear-supply chain.

This mission, led by Minister of Energy and Electrification Stephen Lecce, days after his appointment on Thursday June 6th 2024, along with Minister of Education Todd Smith, included the signing of new agreements with SN Nuclearelectrica S.A. (SNN) in Romania and Stellarex in France. 

In Romania, Minister Lecce and Minister Smith joined Romanian Energy Minister Sebastian Burduja for the signing of a $360 million (CAD) agreement between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) subsidiary Canadian Nuclear Partners and Romanian energy company SNN for support on the refurbishment of Romania’s Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1. This agreement will see SNN leverage the expertise of Ontario’s nuclear workers who have demonstrated their ability to deliver these multi-billion-dollar infrastructure programs on-time and on-budget.

 

In France, Minister Smith joined OPG and Stellarex, a fusion technology company, for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities for the development and deployment of fusion energy in Ontario. Ontario is a leader in nuclear innovation, including the construction of the G7’s first SMR, and this agreement demonstrates continued interest in Ontario as a global destination for advancing and building new technologies.

The Government announced that Ontario Power Generation has now completed the early works for the first SMR in the G7 on time and on budget. The site has now been transitioned into the care of the Darlington New Nuclear Project’s construction partner, Aecon, to allow for main site preparation to begin. This work includes excavation, the construction of shoring walls, as well as land clearance for three additional units.

These opportunities are only possible because of project’s underway as part of the government’s Powering Ontario’s Growth Plan, which includes significant investments in nuclear energy. 

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Ontario Providing More Than $6 Million to Train Over 1,000 Carpenters

The Ontario government is investing more than $6 million through the Skills Development Fund (SDF) to support two innovative projects that will train over 1,000 carpenters in Vaughan and across Ontario. This brings Ontario’s total investment in skills development training through SDF to nearly $1.1 billion.

“Our plan to keep rebuilding Ontario’s economy starts with investing in workers so they can find better jobs with bigger paycheques right here in our province,” said Premier Doug Ford. “By helping workers train for jobs in fast-growing sectors like carpentry, we’re also ensuring employers have the workers they need to continue growing their businesses and investing in Ontario’s economy.”

With approximately 1,200 carpentry vacancies across Ontario, these projects will train over 1,000 jobseekers in highly in-demand carpentry fields facing acute labour shortages.

 

The first project, managed by the Carpenters’ Regional Council (CRC), is receiving over $5.5 million to train over 750 jobseekers and apprentices with a combination of on-the-job training and in-class learning, including preparing for their Certificate of Qualification Red Seal exam.

The second project, led by the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades (CCAT), is receiving $894,824 to deliver upskilling programs up to 312 jobseekers in carpentry skills related to formwork and scaffolding, which are essential in non-residential construction and which are also experiencing an acute labour shortage across Ontario.

“Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government has an ambitious plan to build the homes, hospitals, schools and infrastructure our growing communities need. As Ontario attracts record levels of job-creating housing and infrastructure projects, we’re also investing in training opportunities to ensure our talent matches our ambition,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. 

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Ontario Getting More People Hooked on Fishing

The Ontario government is making it easier and more accessible for people to learn how to fish. This summer, the province is expanding its free Learn to Fish program, increasing the number of locations and mobile sessions offered and providing 2,700 new spots.

“Fishing is a wonderful activity and long-standing tradition in Ontario and I’m glad to be offering more opportunities – many of them in urban areas – for people to be able to take part in the Learn to Fish program,” said Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources. “Expansion of this program creates more opportunities for people to get out and explore Ontario’s many lakes and rivers and maybe even find a new hobby.”

Additionally, the Learn to Fish mobile unit will be travelling to 11 locations this year – including provincial parks, conservation areas and events. The Learn to Fish program is free and teaches new anglers of all ages how to fish in Ontario. The fun and engaging two–hour program combines a one-hour practical teaching session with one hour of supervised hands-on fishing.

Participants will learn how to:

  • rig, bait and cast a fishing rod
  • identify and catch local fish species
  • get a fishing licence and follow fishing regulations
  • discover more about fishing in Ontario
  • fish safely and sustainably

Participants will be provided with everything they need for the session, including:

  • experienced instructors focused on fish, fun and safety
  • fishing rod, reel and bait
  • a fishing licence to take part in the Learn to Fish program
  • lifejacket and sunglasses

Learn to Fish sessions begin in June and are offered through to late August. Those who are interested can sign up online.

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My constituency office is open Monday to Friday from 10AM to 4PM.
If you have any questions or concerns we’re readily available to assist you. 
You can also reach us by phone at (416) 781-2395
or by email at robin.martin@pc.ola.org.

 

Warmest Wishes, 
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence

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