Ontario Helping Veterans Retrain for New Careers

Published on August 20, 2020

“Soldiers in Tech” program prepares former military personnel for jobs in technology & IT sector

TORONTO — The Ontario government is providing $500,000 to retrain veterans for jobs in the IT and technology sector. This funding is part of a $1.8 million investment in IT and technology training projects announced today by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258 in Scarborough.

"Veterans are valuable members of our society, and we want to show our appreciation for their service by helping them find good jobs when they leave the armed forces," said Minister McNaughton. "That's why our government supports retraining projects that utilize veterans' skills, talent and experience so they can find good civilian jobs and continue contributing to our economy." 

The Soldiers in Tech program, offered through the Roland Gossage Foundation, is providing 12-week web development boot camps that equip participating veterans with the skills, resources, and industry knowledge they need to enter junior web developer positions. This innovative program helps to address both the difficulties faced by veterans in re-entering the workforce and the shortage of skilled workers in the tech sector. The first veterans started their training this week.

"We at the Foundation are extremely excited about this project and the outcomes, not only for veterans and their families but for the economic growth of our province," said Roland Gossage, Director and Founder of the Roland Gossage Foundation. "It will also show Corporate Canada how amazing this untapped resource of veterans is and how it can contribute to their prosperity."

The first veterans began their training this week, with applications open for upcoming cohorts on the Roland Gossage Foundation website.

"This investment is not only great news for our deserving veterans, but for our community as a whole," said Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP for Scarborough—Rouge Park. "This initiative is a great example of pairing labour market needs with the unique talents and potential our veterans have to offer." 

The Soldiers in Tech program is just one of five new projects in the Greater Toronto Area receiving funding that aim to retrain up to 315 people so they can find employment in Ontario's IT and tech sector. 

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