The Government of Canada is releasing details about new projects and programs creating jobs and opportunities in every province and territory, MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced in Gatineau, Quebec, on Monday.
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.
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. 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.
- 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. CNW Telbec