announces support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation



ONTARIO – HIEC is excited to announce that we have received a grant from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation (The Foundation) in support of ongoing evolution of HIEC’s long-running project — an established online service that connects apprentices and skilled trades employers across Ontario.

Throughout its history The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has maintained a strong interest in education.  In recognition of the value in skilled trades, The Foundation is making a substantial investment in support of Ontarians seeking a fulfilling and in-demand career. 

“We recognize that difficulty in sourcing an apprenticeship position can be a major barrier to those looking to start, or continue an apprenticeship. Given Canada’s need for more journeypersons and the fantastic opportunity this training affords passionate individuals, we are delighted to enable the ongoing service of,” said Eliza Mitchell, Director, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation. 

The Foundation’s contribution bolsters support from education institutions, skilled trades employers, industry groups and community organizations, who joined together over the last year to form a group of Trusted Advisors, working with HIEC to promote the project.

“It’s been gratifying to see so much support and enthusiasm for the continuation of this important technology,” said Halton Regional Police Service Dep. Chief Bob Percy, Chair of HIEC’s Board of Directors. “With this contribution from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and the support of our Trusted Advisors, I’m looking forward to continued success for”

This donation will enable staff to improve the service, create new resources and continue to help people find fulfilling careers in the skilled trades. Continued use and growth of our system is paramount to the long-term sustainability of, and The Foundation’s contribution will allow HIEC to capitalize on opportunities for outreach, partnership, and collaboration geared at ensuring the resource’s ongoing success.

“We’re excited to take our next steps with With our active online community generating more than 1,000 job matches each year, there’s a real opportunity for us to forge new partnerships with stakeholders who understand the importance of tools like to the 21st century economy,” said Kelly Hoey, HIEC’s Executive Director.

Employers, job seekers and all those interested in learning about starting an apprenticeship are encouraged to visit to begin their journey to a career in the skilled trades and to make meaningful connections that will help along the way.

Launched fifteen years ago, works by connecting job-seekers with employers in more than 150 apprenticeable trade sectors. Employers can post vacancies, while job seekers post résumés and profiles. The online process is backed by the expertise of staff that provide one-to-one assistance for job postings and résumé building, while also providing important referrals to OYAP programs, colleges, training programs, pre-apprenticeship programs, community agencies and Employment Ontario services.

The site also includes a comprehensive library of information about available grants and subsidies, trade profiles and other educational information. has an active user base of more than 9,000 applicants and 2,000 employers, generating almost 1,000 confirmed job matches each year. It is unique in its Ontario-wide focus on helping people navigate the fragmented skilled trades system.

The project was supported for more than a decade through federal and provincial funds, most recently through the Ontario Ministry for Training, Colleges & Universities. That support allowed HIEC to build a robust and active system with millions of visitors every year.

Further information on’s next steps will be announced in the months ahead.

About HIEC
Established November 17, 1989 as a not-for-profit organization, the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) is a joint venture between industry, education and community partners in the Halton Region. At HIEC, our goal is to enhance career education and inspire youth to make informed career decisions.
Find us online at, on Twitter @HaltonIEC, and on Facebook as HIEC – Halton Industry Education Council.

About The W. Garfield Weston Foundation
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is a private Canadian family foundation, established in the 1950’s by Willard Garfield Weston, his wife Reta and their children.  In 1924 Garfield inherited his father’s company and during his life established baking and retail businesses throughout Canada and in many parts of the world. The founders believed that as the funds are generated through the hard work and success of these Canadian companies, grants should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians. For three generations, The W. Garfield Weston Foundation has maintained a family tradition of supporting charitable organizations across Canada. Today the Foundation directs the majority of its funds to projects in the fields of land conservation, education, and scientific research in Canada’s North. In addition, it provides funds to further Canada’s research in neuroscience.


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Terra Arnone • Communications & Social Media Liaison • Halton Industry Education Council
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