March 23, 2022

News Release
For immediate release

March 23, 2022

Milton, Ont. - The Horticulture Technician/Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship 441-C Program is breaking barriers and supporting the diverse and growing needs of the profession in terms of workforce and talent through apprentice training.

Since 2016, Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association (LO) has been a Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) approved Group Sponsor supporting more apprentices and employers in the profession in registering for and accessing the Horticulture Technician Apprenticeship 441-C Program. LO is very pleased to receive a Group Sponsor Grant from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development in March of 2021. This Employment Ontario program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario and LO is looking forward to building on the current framework and the momentum gained, by developing and launching enhanced services and developing new resources. 

Thanks to this new Group Sponsor Grant, job seekers and employers will be able to access tools intended to match new workers to more employers with vacancies. There will be expanded registration support for apprentices and employers, and many new resources that includes an orientation toolkit, mentoring services, new training and completion resources for apprentices including a digital study manual, and on-the-job training log book digital tracker to support apprentice completions and success. 

Sally Harvey, Director of Education & Workforce Development at Landscape Ontario said, “We are excited to announce that apprentices will have access to these long-awaited resources to support them in completing their journey to becoming Red Seal Landscape Horticulturists. The apprenticeship program is truly a gift to employers and the development of our future skilled workforce!  This Group Sponsor Grant is enabling LO to develop new apprentice pathway resources and services that will result in more skilled workers employed by more growing businesses, who have the capacity to serve the increased consumer demand.”

“Through this program, Landscape Ontario is helping apprentices and employers in the horticultural trades every step of the way, from orientation to on-the-job training,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Our government will continue to invest in programs that train people for well-paying jobs in their communities and help businesses find the workers they need to grow our local economies for everyone.”

Landscape Ontario Horticultural Trades Association is one of the most vibrant associations of its kind, comprised of over 3,600 members, representing 10 sector groups and n ine local chapters. Its mission is to promote and advance the landscape and horticultural industry in Ontario, and its public mission is to promote the joys and benefits of green spaces.

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The Horticultural Technician/Landscape Horticulturist Apprenticeship 441-C Program, is a Red Seal trade. To learn more about the program visit:


Sally Harvey 
Director of Education & Workforce Development 

Scott Barber
Director of Communications & Publications