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Jobs of the Future: Ontario funds new micro-credentials

More flexible and faster to complete, 88 micro-credential courses are being offered at colleges, universities and career colleges across the province

The Ontario government is spending $5 million through the Micro-credentials Challenge Fund to bring post-secondary institutions and industry together to build or expand rapid training programs for priority job sectors like health care and advanced manufacturing.

This is the second round of Ontario Micro-credentials Challenge Fund. 

“The Micro-credentials Challenge Fund brings industry and institutions together to create programs that strengthen Ontario’s workforce and economy,” said Colleges and Universities Minister Jill Dunlop in a news release. “Micro-credentials reflect current and local labour market needs and immediately prepare students for industry-relevant opportunities in their region.”

The province said micro-credentials offer greater flexibility and take less time to complete than standard degrees and diplomas, while giving prospective employers the chance to see students demonstrate their skills. 

“For employers, micro-credentials help their workers quickly upskill to adapt to evolving technologies, trends and practices,” the province said.

This new round of funding supports 88 micro-credential projects at colleges, universities, Indigenous Institutes and career colleges across the province. 

During the first round of the Micro-credentials Challenge Fund, 300 micro-credentials were created that are anticipated to serve approximately 6,000 learners, the province said.

Since 2020, the Ontario government has announced investments of more than $60 million in Ontario’s Micro-credentials Strategy, including Ontario’s Micro-credentials Challenge Fund.

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