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Skills to pay the bills

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Date: 2010

A woman who had been laid off from her job was approved for the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Ontario Skills Development program, which covers school and living costs to retrain workers. Two months after she began studying business administration at a private career college, the college closed its doors. The Ministry told the students they could continue their training at another college, but when the woman agreed to this, she was told she would receive only $203 per week for living expenses – less than half of what she had been getting while attending the first college.

On the woman’s behalf, Ombudsman staff contacted a regional director at the Ministry, who reviewed her file and confirmed an error had been made. The Ministry agreed to honour the living expenses provided under the woman’s first contract.