Growing the Canadian workforce and supporting green jobs for youth

GATINEAU, QC, Sept. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to strengthening the middle class and helping those working hard to join it, the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour has announced the funding approval of 96 projects that will benefit over 3,400 youth, people with disabilities and newcomers looking for employment.  

The majority of projects focus on helping youth and people with disabilities get job skills training and work experience. Two additional projects aim to promote green jobs, as part of the Government's focus on an innovative and clean economy.

Recent data points to the need to assist new graduates in sciences transition into a career; as of 2011, the unemployment rate of Ontario science graduates aged 20 to 24 was 18.9 percent. To help reduce those numbers, BioTalent Canada, through funding from the Government's Career Focus program, will help Canadian companies specializing in environmental issues recruit and hire young, educated individuals for their teams. Up to 100 recent graduates can receive valuable work experience through this project.

Through funding from the Government's Skills Link program, Niagara Peninsula Homes' Team ENERGI (Enterprise Niagara for Employment Resources and Green Initiatives) will help up to 24 youth overcome barriers to employment by providing them with work experience at a number of eco-energy conservation and general construction jobs related to retro-fitting buildings. Participants will build skills in construction trades such as plumbing, electrical and carpentry, while gaining experience working with skilled construction contractors and licensed tradespeople.

More than $35 million in funding was provided for all 96 projects through the following programs: Skills Link, Career Focus, Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, Sectoral Initiatives, Foreign Credential Recognition and Summer Work Experience.

Quotes

"It's so encouraging to see the quality of the ambitious and creative projects so many Canadian communities are undertaking. It's especially promising to see so many young people joining the green movement in Canada. Canadians who face barriers to employment are looking for opportunities—and these projects give them hope for a brighter future, while helping to strengthen and grow our middle class across the country."
The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

"Sustainable development is the cornerstone of Canada's bio-economy. Since 2005, BioTalent Canada has placed more than 480 new graduates in jobs through wage-subsidy programs, and 90 percent remain employed at the end of the subsidy. This success has even been noticed internationally. BioTalent Canada looks forward to continuing to partner with the Government of Canada to have a positive impact on Canada's young workforce through the Green Jobs initiative."
Rob Henderson, President and CEO, BioTalent Canada

"We are very grateful to the federal government for funding our Team ENERGI Program. This project will allow us to help young people renew their hope and develop marketable job skills, self-confidence and self-worth. They will also learn what it is like to work in a collaborative structured environment and meet employers' expectations. All the while, they are learning these skills and helping to preserve the existing housing stock of non-profit and co-op providers."
Bob McCallion, President, Niagara Peninsula Homes

Quick Facts

  • More than 2,500 youth between the ages of 15 and 30 will benefit from programs and services that will improve their job skills, hands‑on experience and career development.
  • About 900 people with disabilities will prepare for the workforce or self-employment through job skills workshops and hands-on experience.
  • Syrian refugees, and others with foreign credentials, will benefit from the Foreign Credential Recognition Program that will help them get their qualifications recognized in the Canadian labour market.
  • Budget 2016 includes $165 million in new funding for the Youth Employment Strategy to help young people gain the skills, abilities and experience they need to find and maintain employment.

Associated Links

For information on projects in your province or territory, please follow the links below:
Program Backgrounder
Projects approved in Alberta
Projects approved in British Columbia
Projects approved in Manitoba
Projects approved in New Brunswick
Projects approved in Newfoundland and Labrador
Projects approved in Northwest Territories
Projects approved in Nova Scotia
Projects approved in Ontario
Projects approved in Prince Edward Island
Projects approved in Quebec
Projects approved in Saskatchewan
Projects approved in Yukon

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Backgrounder

 

Youth

Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million through its Youth Employment Strategy to help young Canadians gain the skills and work experience they need to start their careers and contribute to the economy.

Budget 2016 builds on the $330 million and has announced an additional $165.4 million in 2016–17 to:

  • create new green jobs for youth;
  • increase the number of youth who access the Skills Link program, which helps young Canadians overcome barriers to employment; and
  • support employment opportunities in the heritage sector under the Young Canada Works program.

Since 2005, over 772,000 young Canadians have received the skills upgrade they need to enter the labour market through the Government of Canada's youth employment programs. These programs help youth between the ages of 15 and 30 get the information and gain the skills and work experience they need to succeed in the workplace.

Earlier this year, the Government announced an additional $339 million for the Canada Summer Jobs program, to be delivered over three years, starting in 2016–17.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas—to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or return to school. Skills Link has helped over 230,000 youth since 2005.

Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the labour market through paid internships and helps provide youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job and/or pursue advanced studies. The Career Focus initiative has helped over 37,000 youth acquire skills needed to join the job market since 2005.

Summer Work Experience provides wage subsidies to employers to create summer employment for secondary and post-secondary students. The Summer Work Experience program includes Canada Summer Jobs. The Canada Summer Jobs program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Since 2005, Summer Work Experience has helped over 505,000 students.

People with disabilities

The Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities assists Canadians with disabilities to prepare for, obtain and keep employment, or become self-employed, to help them participate fully in the workforce and increase their independence. The program emphasizes work experience for youth with disabilities through the involvement of both employers and community organizations in the design and delivery of projects and hands-on work experience. The Government provides $40 million annually to the Opportunities Fund and has helped 48,000 people with disabilities across Canada since 2005.

Sectoral Initiatives Program

The Sectoral Initiatives Program supports projects that address current and future skills shortages by supporting the development, distribution and use of labour market information, national occupational standards, and skills certification and accreditation programs. 

Foreign Credential Recognition Program

The Foreign Credential Recognition Program aims to improve the integration of internationally trained individuals into the workforce. The Program provides funding to and works with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders—including regulatory bodies, post‑secondary institutions and employers—to implement projects that facilitate the assessment and recognition of qualifications acquired in other countries.

Alberta

Projects approved for funding in Alberta, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Banff–Airdrie

Skills Link

Airdrie Boys and Girls Club

$304,238

Battle River–Crowfoot

Skills Link

MH Enterprises, Employment Services

$441,362

Bow River

Skills Link

Society of Brooks Community Adult Learning Council

$242,786

Bow River

Skills Link

Taber Adult Learning

$341,912

Calgary Centre

Skills Link

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

$621,422

Calgary Centre

Career Focus

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

$446,894

Calgary Centre

Skills Link

Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

$425,260

Calgary Forest Lawn

Career Focus

Columbia Training Centre

$284,568

Calgary Forest Lawn

Opportunities Fund

Prospect Human Services Society

$157,889

Calgary Skyview

Skills Link

Calgary Immigrant Educational Society

$266,505

Edmonton Centre

Opportunities Fund

On Site Placement Services Association

$233,263

Edmonton Griesbach

Career Focus

Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta

$234,881

Edmonton Griesbach

Skills Link

The Learning Centre Literacy Association

$236,508

Edmonton Mill Woods

Skills Link

Executive Spa Group

$80,248

Edmonton Strathcona

Career Focus

The University of Alberta

$235,720

Foothills

Opportunities Fund

Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings

$204,693

Foothills

Skills Link

Community Futures Treaty Seven

$292,940

Fort McMurray–Cold Lake

Skills Link

Lac La Biche Canadian Native Friendship Centre

$180,632

Fort McMurray–Cold Lake

Skills Link

Cold Lake Native Friendship Centre

$101,416

Fort McMurray–Cold Lake

Summer Work Experience

McMurray Métis

$348,678

Lethbridge

Skills Link

5th On 5th Youth Services

$283,520

Red Deer–Lacombe

Skills Link

Career Assistance Network

$382,033

Red Deer–Mountain View

Opportunities Fund

(Specialized Training Employment Placement and Support) STEPS Society of Red Deer

$248,883

Red Deer–Mountain View

Skills Link

Chinook's Edge School Division No. 73

$274,623




$6,870,874 TOTAL

 

British Columbia

Projects approved for funding in British Columbia, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Cloverdale–Langley City

Skills Link

Pathfinder Youth Centre Society

$354,967

Cloverdale–Langley City

Skills Link

Pathfinder Youth Centre Society

$553,750

Cowichan–Malahat–Langford

Skills Link

Cowichan Green Community Society

$107,022

New Westminster–Burnaby

Career Focus

Douglas College

$507,584

Vancouver East

Skills Link

Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society

$386,758




$1,910,078 TOTAL

 

Manitoba

Projects approved for funding in Manitoba, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Selkirk–Interlake–Eastman

Skills Link

KL Consulting Limited

$255,187

Winnipeg Centre

Career Focus

Film Training Manitoba Inc.

$52,161

Winnipeg Centre

Career Focus

Alicia Rae Career Centre Inc.

$157,090

Winnipeg Centre

Career Focus

Manitoba Food Charter Inc.

$157,596




$622,034 TOTAL

 

New Brunswick

Projects approved for funding in New Brunswick, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Moncton–Riverview–Dieppe

Skills Link

Youth Impact Jeunesse Inc.

$87,232




$87,232 TOTAL

 

Newfoundland and Labrador

Projects approved for funding in Manitoba, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

St. John's East

Skills Link

YMCA of Northeast Avalon

$126,073

St. John's East

Skills Link

Newfoundland and Labrador Restaurant and Foodservice Association

$252,969




$379,042

TOTAL

 

Northwest Territories

Projects approved for funding in NWT, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Northwest Territories

Opportunities Fund

Yellowknife Association for Community Living

$269,431




$269,431

TOTAL

 

Nova Scotia

Projects approved for funding in Nova Scotia, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Halifax West

Skills Link

reachAbility Association

$262,641




$262,641

TOTAL

 

Ontario

Projects approved for funding in Ontario, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Eglinton–Lawrence

Career Focus

The Career Foundation

$449,334

Eglinton–Lawrence

Skills Link

The Career Foundation

$487,547

Eglinton–Lawrence

Foreign Credential Recognition Program

Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators

$1,358,011

Eglinton–Lawrence

Opportunities Fund

Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Toronto

$169,794

Elgin–Middlesex–London

Skills Link

YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin

$370,627

Guelph

Opportunities Fund

Second Chance Employment Counselling (Wellington) Inc.

$230,511

Guelph

Opportunities Fund

Mood Disorders Society of Canada

$2,896,426

Hamilton Centre

Career Focus

National Academy Orchestra

$81,000

Hamilton Centre

Skills Link

Threshold School of Building

$508,798

Lanark–Frontenac–Kingston

Skills Link

Youth Action Kommittee of Perth and District

$279,938

London North Centre

Career Focus

Info-Tech Research Group, Inc.

$237,120

Niagara Centre

Skills Link

Niagara Peninsula Homes

$499,968

Nickel Belt

Skills Link

Literacy Alliance of West Nipissing

$143,035

Ottawa Centre

Foreign Credential Recognition Program

Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace

$831,495

Ottawa Centre

Opportunities Fund

Operation Come Home

$227,573

Ottawa Centre

Career Focus

BioTalent Canada

$1,440,720

Ottawa Centre

Sectoral Initiatives Program

Automotive Industries Association of Canada

$720,872

 

Sarnia–Lambton

Opportunities Fund

Community Living Sarnia-Lambton

$199,266

Sault Ste. Marie

Skills Link

March of Dimes Canada

$508,421

Scarborough Southwest

Skills Link

West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre

$527,040

Simcoe North

Career Focus

Community Development Corporation

$124,747

Spadina–Fort York

Skills Link

Youth Employment Services (YES)

$498,575

Spadina–Fort York

Sectoral Initiatives Program

Canada Company

$1,058,338

Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry

Career Focus

Eastern Ontario Training Board

$134,529

Thunder Bay–Rainy River

Opportunities Fund

Independent Living Resource Centre Thunder Bay

$329,654

Toronto–St. Paul's

Foreign Credential Recognition Program

Council of Ministers of Education, Canada

$169,332

Wellington–Halton Hills

Career Focus

Superior Glove Works Ltd.

$159,744




$14,642,415 TOTAL

 

Prince Edward Island

Projects approved for funding in PEI, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Cardigan

Skills Link

Community of St. Peter's Bay

$90,516

Egmont

Skills Link

Rural Community Learning Inc.

$166,537




$257,053

TOTAL

 

Quebec

Projects approved for funding in Quebec, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Abitibi–Baie-James–Nunavik–Eeyou

Skills Link

Centre d'Amitié autochtone de Val-d'Or Inc.

$546,945

Beauport–Côte-de-Beaupré–Île d'Orléans–Charlevoix

Skills Link

La Chambre de commerce de Charlevoix

$355,412

Bellechasse–Les Etchemins–Lévis

Skills Link

Travail Jeunesse

$161,798

 

Beloeil–Chambly

Career Focus

Aide et Intégration Jeunesse au Travail de la Vallée-du-Richelieu

$169,879

Berthier–Maskinongé

Career Focus

Carrefour jeunesse-emploi MRC Maskinongé

$84,707

Berthier–Maskinongé

Skills Link

Societé d'aide au développement des collectivités de la MRC de Maskinongé

$90,732

 

Charlesbourg–Haute-Saint-Charles

Career Focus

Comité sectoriel de main-d'œuvre en transformation alimentaire

$348,721

 

Chicoutimi–Le Fjord

Skills Link

Musée du Fjord

$67,775

Honoré-Mercier

Skills Link

Comité sectoriel de main-d'oeuvre des communications graphiques du Québec

$218,105

Hull–Aylmer

Skills Link

ServiceIntégration Travail Outaouais

$229,476

Lac-Saint-Jean

Skills Link

Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Lac-Saint-Jean Est

$140,014

Lac-Saint-Jean

Skills Link

Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Lac-Saint-Jean Est

$168,716

LaSalle–Émard–Verdun

Skills Link

Centre social d'aide aux immigrants

$624,235

Laurier–Sainte-Marie

Career Focus

Intégration Jeunesse du Québec Inc.

$184,235

Longueuil–Saint-Hubert

Skills Link

Action Jeunesse St-Pie X de Longueuil inc

$427,927

Mégantic–L'Érable

Skills Link

Impact Emploi de l'Érable -cje de lÉrable

$195,571

Montcalm

 

Skills Link

Carrefour jeunesse emploi Montcalm

$149,526

 

Papineau

Skills Link

Emploi Jeunesse 16-25 Inc.

$222,859

Saint-Jean

Skills Link

Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi comtés Iberville/St-Jean

$626,928

Saint-Jean

Skills Link

Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi comités Iberville/St-Jean

 

$1,720,578

 

Saint-Laurent

Skills Link

Centre d'encadrement pour jeunes femmes immigrantes

$271,118

Saint-Maurice–Champlain

Skills Link

Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de Shawinigan

$712,929

Trois-Rivières

Skills Link

Stratégie Carrière

$680,453

Ville-Marie–Le Sud-Ouest–Île-des-Soeurs

Skills Link

La Fondation Ressources-Jeunesse

$458,016




$8,856,655

TOTAL

 

Saskatchewan

Projects approved for funding in Saskatchewan, June 1–August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Regina–Qu'Appelle

Skills Link

North Central Family Centre Inc.

$161,168

Saskatoon West

Skills Link

Tourism Saskatchewan

$713,089

Yorkton–Melville

Skills Link

Parkland College

$341,118




$1,215,375

TOTAL

 

Yukon

Projects approved for funding in Yukon, June 1– August 31, 2016

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Yukon

Opportunities Fund

Challenge - Disability Resource Group

$235,692

Yukon

Career Focus

Carcross/Tagish First Nation

$80,920

 




$316,612

TOTAL

 

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: Carlene Variyan, Director of Communications, Office of the Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Carlene.variyan@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca, 819-654-5611; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca


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