Premier Doug Ford says he’s committed to filling the skilled trades gap that’s been dogging Ontario industries since before the pandemic.

In Timmins on Monday, the Premier told reporters his government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars with colleges and universities, to train much needed workers.

“We’re even teaching kids and putting the idea in their head right from Grade 6 now, that we never did before,” he noted. “Then we have co-op opportunities as well that they can be involved in in Grade 11 and 12 and we’ve been working with the unions.”

Ford adds that he has told Prime Minister Trudeau that we need more immigration to help ease the shortage.

“I don’t care if they’re skilled or unskilled. If they’re skilled, we’re going to find a job immediately. If they’re unskilled, we’re going to train them and we’re going to get them to work,” the Premier stated, saying emphatically, “We need people.”

He also said he told Trudeau that CERB has to end.

Written by Bob McIntryre