Ignite your passion for nature with new training program

Patrice Barnes, MPP for Ajax (right) with Ellie Abucay, Chair of Camping In Ontario

  The training program, set to take place in Ajax, will cover a range of essential topics over its four-day duration. The first two days will focus on leadership training, providing participants with valuable insights into effective management and team coordination. The third day will delve into camping industry basics and offer an introduction to legal responsibilities for business owners. On the fourth day, participants will gain an understanding of campground infrastructure, including water, septic, and hydro systems. Additionally, they will explore innovative activities and amenities designed to enhance the guest experience.

Patrice Barnes, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Ajax, highlighted the significance of this investment in the camping industry. Barnes noted, “This investment is great, and it will make it easier for the camping industry to attract and retain the staff they need to run a successful camping season for the residents of Ontario. Our government continues to tackle industry labour shortages through the skills development fund.”

The Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton, emphasized the broader implications of addressing labour shortages. McNaughton stated, “Ontario needs all hands-on deck to help build the highways, transit, schools, homes, and hospitals our growing population relies on. As we continue to tackle the labour shortage, our Skills Development Fund is helping people get the training they need so that they can get jobs they can be proud of and earn a bigger paycheque for themselves and their families.”

The Skills Development Fund, designed to support innovative projects that address workforce challenges, is open to a wide range of applicants, including employers, industry associations, labour unions, municipalities, and hospitals. The fund not only supports one-year projects but also extends funding over several years to facilitate longer-term initiatives. This flexibility enables organizations to tailor their skills development services and training to better meet industry needs.

This funding initiative aligns with the government’s overarching mission to attract, support, and protect workers. To further bolster workforce development, the province recently introduced the third Working for Workers Act and is launching a capital stream of the Skills Development Fund. This capital stream will contribute to the construction and upgrading of training centers across Ontario.

In the words of Ellie Abucay, Chair of Camping In Ontario, “By investing in the training and development of our dynamic industry, we are creating a sustainable legacy that will drive innovation and growth in the camping sector.” The government’s investment in this 4-day training program reflects its commitment to fostering a skilled and resilient workforce, ultimately strengthening Ontario’s position as an ideal place to work, live, and raise a family.