April 29, 2021

EIN Skills ON logo 400As a non-profit organization, Skills Ontario relies on the support of partners to continue delivering programming that builds the province’s future skilled workforce, and the charity is thrilled to have received a donation of $35,373 from a large majority of members representing PPO, further strengthening Skills Ontario’s ability to inspire the next generation of skilled trades and tech leaders. 

“Ontario’s construction sector continues to promote Skills Ontario, and we are thrilled and honoured to have this support,” says Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario. “Trade contractors are always giving back to their communities, and this generous donation is yet another testament to the fact that they are proactive in supporting their current and future skilled workforce. We are so humbled to have been recognized at this level, and we congratulate PPO and its representatives for reaching their objective, and we thank them for their contribution.”

As stated in PPO’s news release, “PPO was incorporated in 2014 as a coalition of construction employer associations, suppliers, labour unions and health & welfare organizations in response to an endemic problem of delinquent payment to trade contractors in the construction industry. The organization achieved its goal in December 2017 when the former Construction Lien Act was replaced with a new Construction Act which incorporated legislation requiring “prompt payment” for construction work for the first time not only in Ontario history, but in Canada as well. Regulations supporting prompt payment and a rapid adjudication mechanism came into effect in October 2019.”   

Skills Ontario delivers programs to Ontarians across the province, including presentations, workshops, challenges, and more, all done virtually. With initiatives to support young women, Indigenous youth, persons with exceptionalities, and more, Skills Ontario works to build a strong, diverse, and robust future skilled workforce. Through the support of advocates like PPO, Skills Ontario can continue to inspire individuals to explore the fulfilling, lucrative, and in-demand opportunities in the skilled trades and technologies.