TADA Statement on Support for the Skilled Trades in Budget 2021

March 25, 2021

“Ontario’s new car dealers are in dire need of finding the next generation of automotive technicians and auto body repairers. These skilled trades workers are critical to ensuring the family car is maintained and repaired properly, and ensuring police, municipal and other essential fleets are safe for workers when on the job.

The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association welcomes the increased funding and opportunities in Budget 2021 that emphasize the skilled trades to high school students. The opportunity to gain job-ready skills, a new bursary program and expanding the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program are key to attracting the automotive technicians of tomorrow and keeping Ontario’s auto sector strong.

Minister Lecce deserves much praise for putting the skilled trades front and centre in our high schools. For too long, the skilled trades had an unfair and negative stereotype. The reality is: automotive technicians are highly skilled, work hands-on with the latest technology and are rewarded with well-paying careers.

We thank Premier Ford and Minister Lecce for helping end this stigma and shifting skilled trades opportunities for high school students into high gear.”

– Frank Notte

Director of Government Relations

Trillium Automobile Dealers Association

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