ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS, Nov. 30, 2013 /CNW/ - Eight unemployed older women
in Annapolis Royal will receive help to improve their skills and
re-enter the workforce through the Targeted Initiative for Older
Workers (TIOW). The announcement was made today by Greg Kerr, Member of
Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen,
Minister of State (Social Development), together with Stephen McNeil,
Premier of Nova Scotia.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity", said Mr. Kerr. "Through the Targeted Initiative
for Older Workers, we have helped more than 32 000 unemployed older
workers across Canada, including more than 1 100 in Nova Scotia develop
the skills they need so they can find jobs."
"This program helps people turn their great talents and life experiences
into new opportunities," said Premier McNeil. "These women will now
have the skills and the confidence they need to not only re-enter the
workforce but to start their own businesses and create jobs for others
in their communities."
Together, the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia are investing over
$78,000 in the Western Area Women's Coalition's project to help
participants gain entrepreneurial skills so that they can establish
their own local businesses.
The project will help participants prepare for self-employment through
training focused on marketing, budgeting, financing, operational
planning and management.
"Over the last few years, this program has provided training and
employment for many women in the Annapolis area, benefitting both them
and their families," said Della Longmire, Executive Director of the
Western Area Women's Coalition. "Not only does the program provide
women with essential skills to open a new business, it also teaches us
that a new journey can begin at any age."
The TIOW is one of the Government of Canada's initiatives that help
unemployed Canadians stay connected to the job market, while addressing
The TIOW initiative provides retraining for new careers and supports the
Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled
and flexible workforce.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.
The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) is a
federal-provincial/territorial cost-shared initiative that provides
individuals with employment assistance services, such as résumé writing
and counselling, and employability improvement activities, including
skills upgrading and work experience. The TIOW assists unemployed older
workers, aged 55 to 64 years, who live in a city or town with a
population of 250 000 or less that is experiencing high unemployment,
significant downsizing or closures to re-integrate into employment.
The TIOW launched with a commitment of $70 million for programming to
March 31, 2009. Budget 2008 invested another $90 million to extend the
initiative for three years, to March 2012. Canada's Economic Action
Plan (EAP) 2009 provided an additional $60 million over that same
period. In 2011, the TIOW was extended to March 31, 2014, with a
further $50 million, and EAP 2012 reiterated this commitment. In total,
by March 31, 2014, the Government of Canada will have contributed $270
million in funding to the TIOW.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
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