There are over 300,000 unfilled skilled jobs in Ontario, yet too many young people are unable to access good-paying jobs.
That is why our government is implementing a new high school graduation requirement to better help prepare students across our province.
Beginning in September 2024, students must take at least one Grade 9 or 10 technological education credit as part of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
By requiring students to take at least one Technological Education credit in high school, we are ensuring students have pathways to good jobs in STEM, including in the skilled trades and STEM.
By mandating technical education in the curriculum – every student will now be exposed at an earlier age to learning that can include courses on Construction Technology, Child and Adolescent Healthcare, Robotics, and Emerging Technologies.
Currently in Ontario only 33% of girls take a tech ed course in secondary school, through this new graduation requirement, more Ontario students – especially girls will be aware of the well-paying, rewarding and in-demand careers in the skilled trades.
This measure builds upon continued action from our government to ensure students learn critical skills for the modern economy.