Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Fund

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 will address the issue head on. Our goal is to build attraction and develop a new talent pipeline that will construct pathways to historically underrepresented groups such as youth, women, persons with a disability 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.

The EDI Fund will support 800 participants with up to $8,000 in supports available to employers and community partners. Participants will have a minimum 6-month placement resulting in on-the-job experience, upskilling and career development.

The EDI Fund will run from June 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

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 6-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

Participant Requirements

Must self-identify as:

  1. Indigenous (First Nations, Metis or Inuit)
  2. Racialized (non-Caucasian)
  3. Persons with disabilities (Section 10(1) of Ontario Human Rights Code)
  4. Women
  5. 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:

Devon Jones

Director, EDI Fund


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

Parm Dhillon

Manager, Corporate Partnerships


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

Marina Nguyen

Manager, Community Partnerships


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