The entry-level Cannabis Production Worker Training & Recruitment Program provides job seekers with industry training that enhances skill sets, productivity, safety, and workplace communication while increasing job prospects and job mobility for workers in the Cannabis industry – all in a practical learning environment.
In addition to pre-employment, safety and technical training, the program includes knowledge of the Cannabis Act under Health Canada regulations and guidelines.
Training includes, but is not limited to:
- Health & Safety Training
- Cannabis Legislation & Regulations (incl. Cannabis Act)
- Cannabis Production: Farm Labour, Trimming, etc.
- Quality Control & Product Packaging
- Workplace Communication
- Industry Exploration & Career Planning
- Paid Industry Work Placement
*New for 2021: Training will run during two different sessions in 2021. Applicants will have the choice of training in either London, Ontario or Hamilton, Ontario.
- London Session: Starts March 2021
- Hamilton Session: Starts July 2021
*Note that the dates may be switched if deemed necessary.
Full-time hours are required (30-40 hours per week). The program will run Monday to Friday, and hours will vary between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. for the duration of the training. A course schedule will be provided prior to the start of training.
There is no cost to participate. Participants will be responsible for personal transportation to and from training sites, as well as food and living expenses.
Applicants will have the option of training in one of two locations: Hamilton, Ontario or London, Ontario. Online workshops will be delivered where necessary, in lieu of COVID-19. Jobs and paid work placements will be available across the province upon request.
- Must be eligible to work in Canada
- Currently unemployed, working less than 20 hours per week, or in a precarious (or unsteady) work situation
- Available to participate in full-time hours (minimum 30 hours per week) for the program’s duration.
*Please note that we have received a high volume of applications for the Hamilton-based training session. As such, we have temporarily paused Hamilton-based applications in order to assess and interview current applicants.
In the meantime, we encourage you to apply for the London-based training session, which has an anticipated start date of March 2021.
Information for Employers
Are you an employer or industry professional interested in participating in the Cannabis Production Worker Training & Recruitment Program? We are inviting you to participate in several ways, including hiring program graduates.
Funders and Partners
The Cannabis Production Worker Training & Recruitment Program is made possible through the SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) pilot project, with funding provided by the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. As a sector-focused workforce development pilot, SAO supports partnerships that bring together employers with employment and training providers. The goal is to develop a pool of job-ready, skilled workers that meet employers’ workforce development needs.
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
Who is eligible for the Cannabis Production Worker Training & Recruitment Program?
Applicants must complete and submit the Online Application Form, then attend a Cannabis Production Worker Training & Recruitment Program Information Session. Those who are eligible and suitable will be invited to attend an interview to assess whether the Cannabis Worker Recruitment & Training Program is a good fit.
Where does the program take place?
What is the cost of the program?
How long is the training program? The program will operate Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and requires full-time hours (30-40 hours per week). The course is broken down into the following components:
The program will operate Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and requires full-time hours (30-40 hours per week). The course is broken down into the following components:
What topics does the training program include?
Following completion of the program, what sort of employment opportunities can one anticipate? Work Environment Conditions to Consider:
Work Environment Conditions to Consider:
For all questions regarding the application process, please contact Program Staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org | 416-731-1737