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Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology Training


Women continue to be under-represented in the skilled trades and information technology sectors despite the growing demand for labour in these occupations. The Women in Skilled Trades and Information Technology (WIST/IT) program, funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate, offers an opportunity for low-income women who are unemployed or under-employed to gain gender-sensitive in-class training and on-the-job training to prepare them for employment in these occupations.

The Skilled Trades stream provides pre-apprenticeship training geared towards increasing the number of women in skilled trades. Following graduation, women are qualified to enter a variety of high-demand skilled trades jobs and apprenticeships.

The Information Technology stream enables women to secure employment, further training and certification in the IT sector, or to enter IT apprenticeship programs. As a result of this initiative, women are prepared for well-paying employment in the information technology sector, and employers are able to recruit and retain more skilled workers.

The WIST/IT program is delivered through funding to training delivery agencies in communities where skill shortages have been identified or are projected by local employers and labour market information.


The deadline for submissions for projects from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2016 has passed.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants

The following organizations are eligible for funding:

• an organization incorporated federally or provincially as a not-for-profit corporation, or
• a broader public sector organization, or
• an Aboriginal organization that is a legal entity.

Organizations that do not meet any of the above criteria may be part of a collaborative or consortium that includes at least one eligible member. The eligible member would act as the lead applicant and would accept legal and financial responsibility for any approved grant.

All applicants must operate in compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Applicants Not Eligible for Funding

Applications will not be considered:

• from individuals or profit-based organizations;
• from organization’s seeking deficit or emergency funding;
• for projects headquartered outside of Ontario or with programming occurring outside of Ontario; and
• for religious and/or political activities.

Sample Program Guidelines and Application

Read the Application Guidelines and refer to them as you complete the application form. Ensure your program addresses the Guidelines as you respond to each application question.

WIST-IT 2014-16 Guidelines and Instructions: Word / PDF

WIST-IT 2014-16 Application: Word / PDF

Mandatory Forms 2014-16: Word / PDF

Sample Results Tracking Forms 2014-16: Word / PDF

Alternative formats are available: owd@ontario.ca



(416) 314-0300

By calling Ontario's Training Hotline, you can ask a counsellor to assess your employment and training needs and determine appropriate programs and services.

Training Hotline Number: (416) 326-5656 or 1-800-387-5656

Last updated: February 25, 2014