Ontario’s job training shuts out half of unemployed

If the best route out of poverty is a job, a commission studying Ontario’s welfare system thinks the province can do more to help its most vulnerable residents find work.
Part of the problem is that almost half of Employment Ontario’s $1.2 billion worth of training programs are available only to people receiving employment insurance benefits.
And yet, barely half of the province’s jobless — and less than a quarter in Toronto — are eligible for EI.

As a result, swaths of job-seekers, including more than 550,000 households living on social assistance, are shut out of these programs, the commissioners note.

 Just 17 per cent of people receiving services from Employment Ontario are on social assistance.

  Half of Employment Ontario's $1.2 billion in training programs are available only to those eligible for Employment Insurance.

 Read the full story by Laurie Monsebraaten here: The Star

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