Ontario business and education leaders, including Riipen CEO Dana Stephenson, discussed the province's post-pandemic workforce strategy. They emphasized the need for reskilling opportunities to meet changing workforce demands and highlighted the role of work-integrated learning in economic recovery. Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training, and Skills Development, reaffirmed the government's commitment to supporting the workforce. Riipen, an Experiential Learning Platform connecting students with real industry projects, is actively involved in preparing the next generation of talent for the future of work. The platform has supported over 80,000 student experiences globally, collaborating with 10,000 employers and 320 colleges and universities.
"Hardworking people are just waiting for a chance to share their skills and build their community," said Minister McNaughton. "Across our province, workers are motivated but need a hand up. By providing them with opportunities to gain experience and learn new skills, we will meet the demands of our changing world, unleash our full potential, and bounce back stronger than ever."