Equity,
Diversity and
Inclusion Fund

Equity, Diversity and
Inclusion Fund

Conversation

The challenges of an aging workforce in Ontario's automotive sector have heightened the importance of attracting, training and retaining new talent to expand a skilled workforce. Barriers to labour market access, education and skills training have exacerbated this challenge.

The APMA’s EDI Fund addresses the issue head on. Our goal is to build attraction and develop a new talent pipeline that will construct pathways to historically excluded groups such as youth, women, newcomers and racialized communities. The EDI Fund will support employers and community partners in their efforts to access, train and retain meaningful employment for new hires.

Building on the success of our first round of 800 participants, the next round will support an additional 500 participants with up to $8,000 in supports available to employers and community partners. Participants will have a minimum 3-month placement resulting in on-the-job experience, upskilling and career development.

The EDI Fund runs from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

Employer and Community Partner Requirements

Employers must have operations in Ontario’s automotive sector

Community partners must have operations in Ontario

Employers must provide a minimum 3-month placement

Employers and/or community partners must ensure participants receive the following:

1. Experiential learning opportunity
2. Participate and complete skills training
3. Employment (placement)
4. Increase in employability skills
1. Experiential learning opportunity
2. Participate and complete skills training
3. Employment (placement)
4. Increase in employability skills

Participant Requirements

Participant Requirements

Must self-identify as:

1. Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit)
2. Racialized (non-Caucasian)
3. Women
4. Youth (15-29 years old a start of agreement)

No educational requirements

No previous experience needed

For More Information:

If you are interested in participating as an employer, please contact:

Parm Dhillon

Senior Manager, EDI Fund

pdhillon@apma.ca

If you are interested in participating as a community partner or job seeker, please contact:

Marina Nguyen

Manager, EDI Fund

mnguyen@apma.ca