OTI gets another reprieve

The Ottawa Talent Initiative receives an additional $20,000 from Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to remain open until the end of December. The OTI and its Action Centre in Kanata had been funded by the province through to Oct. 31, when it would begin to shut down operations by the end of December. “Nothing beyond that,” says OTI executive director Gary Davis. “It's just a bit of a reprieve.” Still, Mr. Davis is working to further extend the life of OTI and hopes to meet with ministry representatives soon to discuss the future of the high tech workers support organization. OTI helps unemployed tech workers find jobs by providing, free of charge, such services as skill-updating, peer support, and resume and interview training. Funded by the feds since 2004, OTI was thrown a lifeline last January when the province stepped in with grant money after the federal government pulled its support.

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