Advanced Manufacturing

New Twenty20 Pilot Program for Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Sector

An exciting new pilot program that will benefit manufacturers in Peterborough & the Kawarthas was announced in Cobourg yesterday morning.

The Northumberland Manufacturers’ Association (NMA) announced the launch of Twenty20, a new pilot program investing approximately $1.4M in the next generation of young, primarily women, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and technical skilled trades graduates. The new pilot program is a rural Eastern Ontario advanced manufacturing sector employer job creation grant that will help ensure competitive access to and retention of young talent.

The Twenty20 pilot program is delivered across Eastern Ontario by the NMA and in partnership with the Quinte Manufacturers Association (QMA) and the Kawartha Manufacturers Association (KMA). The program is supported in part with $488,000 funding contribution through the Collaborative Economic Development Projects (CEDP) delivered by the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) and supported by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Twenty20 will provide qualifying rural Eastern Ontario advanced manufacturers (including agri-food, clean-tech, and other industrial SME’s) with $20K to create a job with a base annual gross salary of $60K (or more) which will compare favorably against national industry averages for junior STEM and technical skilled trades positions. Funded positions will require candidates to be less than 30 years of age and a recent graduate of a Canadian post-secondary educational institution. Priority consideration will be given to funding recipients hiring qualified female candidates. For program eligibility criteria and application please visit. The intake deadline for applications is June 30, 2017.