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Canadian government celebrates youth in the skilled trades at 2024 competition

May 10, 2024 | By Maryam Farag

Premier Doug Ford, Ontario Ministers, and Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow gathered with approximately 40,000 competitors, volunteers, and the public at the Toronto Congress Centre this week to witness the future skilled trades and technologies workforce compete at the 2024 Skills Ontario Competition.

Started in 1989, the Skills Ontario Competition is the largest skilled trades competition in Canada and offers a unique opportunity for top students to demonstrate that they are the best of the best in their skilled trade or technology field.

This year, Skills Ontario saw over 2800 young people from across the province competing in over 75 different contests. It is the largest number of youth competing in the competition in the organization’s history.

During the event, Skills Ontario welcomed Premier Doug Ford and Ministers Peter Bethlenfalvy, David Piccini, Jill Dunlop, Stephen Lecce, Lisa Thompson and Charmaine Williams, along with Toronto Mayor Olivia Chow, to the 2024 Skills Ontario Competition to celebrate careers in the skilled trades and technologies.


“This is the largest skills Competition in the country with approximately 2,800 competitors exploring educational and career pathways in much needed and coveted careers,” said Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario. “We appreciate the support, contribution and investments the Ontario government is making to promote skilled trades and build the workforce of the future.”

The event wrapped up with a closing ceremony on the morning of May 8th with winners receiving gold, silver or bronze medals, and some also receiving monetary awards, along the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition in Quebec City.



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