Starting the summer with new jobs and opportunities across Canada

GATINEAU, QC, June 20, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is releasing details about new projects and programs creating jobs and opportunities in every province and territory. This includes 24 new projects that will help under-represented Canadians improve their employability skills. It also includes a provincial and territorial overview of the successful Canada Summer Jobs program that is funding 77,000 job positions across Canada. The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, made the announcement today.

Nearly 700 youth and over 400 people with disabilities will broaden their horizons as they obtain new job skills and gain real-life work experience through projects led by organizations in western, central and eastern Canada. Examples of projects include:

  • The city of Toronto is helping young people prepare for future careers through its project. Through group workshops, up to 260 participants will learn job search and interview skills. The first of their two work experience opportunities will involve painting the facilities of non-profit organizations in their community. Following this, participants will be paired with private sector jobs in areas such as administration, maintenance, mechanics, sales and gardening.
  • Saint Mary's University in Nova Scotia will lead two separate projects. The first will help up to 45 post-secondary graduates living in rural Nova Scotia get work experience in their field of study. Job opportunities will focus on high-demand sectors including the sciences, technology, engineering, mathematics and skilled trades. The second will help up to 20 youth who are having difficulty finding a job. Participants will attend skills enhancement activities to learn about team building, communication and leadership skills. They will also obtain certification in First Aid and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems. To complete the project, the youth will get front-line work experience in the retail and food industry.
  • Up to 90 people with disabilities, who are seeking employment in London or Strathroy, will participate in a project that will help them get and keep a job. Participants will attend pre-employment workshops to strengthen communication skills, develop resumés, perform job searches and practice interview skills. Individual counselling will also be available to help with career decisions, clarifying physical limitations and determining workplace accommodations. Each person will also get hands-on work experience in one of the following areas: service industry, retail, food services, administration or manufacturing.

Minister Mihychuk released detailed information about the Canada Summer Jobs program as well today. The new data confirms more organizations than ever before are participating in the program this year. It also demonstrates a record number of job positions approved for funding in every province and territory.

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"I am always so impressed with the variety of projects we fund because it demonstrates how well organizations are in touch with their communities and understand the people they serve. Our government knows that this approach works, and we are eager to support partnerships with those who can get things done at the ground level. Helping Canadians who face barriers to employment gives hope for a brighter future to individuals, while also helping to strengthen and grow Canada's middle class."
– The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick Facts

  • More than $9.3 million in funding was provided for these projects through the following programs: Skills Link; Career Focus; and Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities.
    • A total of 15 projects will support programs and services that provide youth with job skills workshops, hands‑on experience and career development.
    • Nine projects will help people with disabilities prepare for the workforce or self-employment through job skills workshops and hands-on experience.
  • Budget 2016 includes $339 million in new funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program over three years, beginning this summer.
  • This is the first new funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program since 2009.
  • The Canada Summer Jobs program is funding 77,000 job positions this year, more than double the number created last year.
  • Budget 2016 also 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 good employment.

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Career Focus 
Canada Summer Jobs 
Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

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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 2016–2017 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 upgrading 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 2016–2017.

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 emphasises work experience for youth with disabilities, that the involvement of both employers and community organizations in 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 40,000 people with disabilities across Canada since 2005.

Alberta

Projects approved for funding in Alberta¸ May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

2,490

59%

6,370

135%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Skills Link and Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

 

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Edmonton Centre

Youth – Skills Link

McBride Career Group Inc.

$404,263

Edmonton Griesbach

Opportunities Fund

Distinctive Employment Counselling Services of Alberta

$294,877

Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner

Youth – Skills Link

Medicine Hat Family YMCA

$341,678




$1,040,818

TOTAL

 

British Columbia

Projects approved for funding in British Columbia, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

3,297

67%

7,799

133%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Skills Link

 


Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

North Vancouver

Youth – Skills Link

Hollyburn Family Services Society

$445,471




$445,471

TOTAL

Manitoba

Projects approved for funding in Manitoba, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

1,076

59%

1,977

131%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

New Brunswick

Projects approved for funding in New Brunswick, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

2,234

31%

3,095

36%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Projects approved for funding in Newfoundland and Labrador, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

1,635

20%

3,542

16%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Northwest Territories

Projects approved for funding in Northwest Territories, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

88

184%

178

324%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Nova Scotia

Projects approved for funding in Nova Scotia, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

2,035

40%

2,858

57%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Career Focus, Skills Link and Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities

 

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Halifax

Youth – Career Focus

Sobey School Business Development Centre

$494,395

Halifax

Youth – Skills Link

Sobey School Business Development Centre

$192,535

Halifax West

Opportunities Fund

Team Work Cooperative

$288,813

South Shore-St. Margarets

 

Opportunities Fund

Employment Solutions Society

$96,907

Sydney-Victoria

 

Opportunities Fund

Employability Partnership

$260,842

West Nova

Opportunities Fund

West Nova Inclusive Employment Society

$181,300




$1,514,792

TOTAL

 

Nunavut

Projects approved for funding in Nunavut, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

23

109%

83

60%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Ontario

Projects approved for funding in Ontario, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

9,781

42%

31,364

159%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Career Focus, Skills Link and Opportunities Fund for Person with Disabilities

 

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

Youth – Skills Link

St. Lawrence College

$364,095

London North Centre

Opportunities Fund

Leads Employment Services

$444,728

Markham-Unionville

Youth – Skills Link

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

$388,363

Nepean

Opportunities Fund

CVE-Career and Vocational Evaluations Inc.

$284,138

Northumberland-Peterborough South

Youth – Skills Link

Community Training and Development Training Centre

$201,225

Spadina-Fort York

Opportunities Fund

Youth Employment Services

$386,116

Spadina-Fort York

Youth – Skills Link

Eva's Initiatives for Homeless Youth

$469,988

Spadina-Fort York

Youth – Skills Link

City of Toronto

$1,780,426

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry

Youth – Career Focus

South Nation River Conservation Authority

$135,845

Thornhill

Opportunities Fund

Link Up Employment Services for Persons with Disabilities

$390,913

York South-Weston

Youth – Skills Link

The Learning Enrichment Foundation

$264,350




$5,110,095

TOTAL

 

Prince Edward Island

Projects approved for funding in Prince Edward Island, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

521

63%

578

64%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Career Focus

 

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Charlottetown

Youth – Career Focus

PEI Career Development Services Inc.

$190,122




$190,122

TOTAL

 

Quebec

Projects approved for funding in Quebec, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

7,420

28%

17,120

92%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Skills Link

 

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Trois-Rivières

Youth – Skills Link

Stratégie Carrière

$680,453




$680,453
TOTAL

 

Saskatchewan

Projects approved for funding in Saskatchewan, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

1,073

49%

1,073

124%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

Skills Link

 

Constituency

Program

Organization Name

ESDC Funding

Saskatoon West

Youth – Skills Link

Global Infobrokers Inc.

$330,075




$330,075

TOTAL

 

Yukon

Projects approved for funding in Yukon, May 2–31, 2016

Canada Summer Jobs

 

Number of employers approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

Number of jobs approved 2016*

Percentage increase over 2015

96

96%

175

237%

 

*A complete list will be released when available.

 

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: John O'Leary, Director of Communications, Office of the Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, 819-654-5611; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca


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