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Canadore College expanding program to include training on electric vehicles

May 5, 2023 | Cindy Males, Public Relations and Communications Specialist

Canadore College is expanding its Motive Power programs to include battery electric technology.  Vic Fedeli, Nipissing MPP and Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade, joined Canadore officials today to open the new Zero Emission Training Centre located in the Motive Power shop at the Commerce Court campus.

“The new training centre at Canadore College will play a key role in preparing students for the jobs of the future,” said Mr. Fedeli. “Over the last two and a half years, Ontario has attracted $25 billion in investments by global automakers and suppliers of electric vehicle batteries and battery materials. This great new centre will help ensure that Ontario remains a global leader.”

Canadore College currently delivers training in motive power programs using conventional internal combustion engines.  As Ontario prioritizes transitioning to a more sustainable future, this new training centre will offer students access to targeted technologies that include electric vehicles, battery electric recreational vehicles, and yard tools.

“The Apprenticeship Capital Grant has helped us once again to make available contemporary resources and training aids to support the development and delivery of new knowledge, skills, and competencies as well as the search for, and establishment of, new solutions serving a key industry and shared critical strategic goals,” said Dr. Ahmed Obaide, Vice President Academic.

“The Motive Power shop is the core of Canadore’s automotive and small engine trades programs,” said George Burton, President and CEO.  “The new training centre will modernize our facilities to attract more students to the trades, provide training on battery electric engines to upgrade the skills of Ontario’s skilled trades’ workforce, and facilitate collaboration with industry to identify new and emerging training needs.

“This centre will enhance the apprenticeship system by ensuring equitable access to new battery electric technologies in Northern Ontario and allow Canadore to engage students and industry in applied research, one of the priorities in the government’s Driving Prosperity: The Future of Ontario’s Automotive Sector,” Burton said. 

Canadore College will begin offering the zero emission training in the fall.

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