The Sault Ste. Marie YMCA is receiving over $328,000 and March of Dimes Canada is receiving over $439,000, through the Skills Link program, for their projects to help a total of 85 youth in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins overcome barriers to employment.
Through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, Positively Charged Co. Inc. is receiving more than $377,000 for its project to help 70 people with disabilities in Sault Ste. Marie, Blind River and Elliot Lake fully participate in the workforce.
“Our Government’s top priorities are creating jobs and economic growth. To support Canada’s long-term prosperity, Canadian employers must tap into all available talent. Initiatives like Skills Link and Opportunities Fund help connect youth and people with disabilities with jobs while ensuring that Canada’s economy benefits from the skills and talents of all Canadians.” said,– The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State for Social Development
In all three projects, participants will develop the skills they need to enter and succeed in the job market. Through group workshops, they will learn or improve employment skills, such as stress management or customer service. Many participants will also benefit from work experience with local employers in sectors such as construction, hospitality or tourism. Some participants will also receive specialized training, such as occupational health and safety.
“The prosperity and growth of our economy goes hand-in-hand with providing Canadians with the skills they need to enter and succeed in the job market. In partnership with local organizations, our Government is helping both youth and Canadians with disabilities in Sault Ste. Marie and throughout the region get the skills and experience they need to obtain jobs in today’s economy.” said Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy, which includes the Skills Link program, has helped over 611,000 youth, and the Opportunities Fund has helped 40,000 people with disabilities. This is part of the Government of Canada’s overall strategy to equip all Canadians with the skills and training they need to connect with available jobs.
· The Government of Canada is helping Canadian youth get the skills employers are looking for with the Canada Job Grant, apprenticeship grants and the new Canada Apprentice Loan. The Government also offers tax credits, such as the tuition, education and textbook tax credits, tradesperson’s tools deduction and the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.
· Economic Action Plan 2014 introduced the Canada Apprentice Loan, which provides apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with interest-free loans of up to $4,000 to complete their technical training. Loans are interest-free until apprentices complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years. At least 26,000 apprentices are expected to apply annually.
· To provide more demand-driven training solutions for people with disabilities, the Government’s Economic Action Plan is increasing funding to $40 million annually to the Opportunities Fund. Employers and community organizations will be involved in designing and delivering training projects.
· A call for proposals for Opportunities Fund national projects is underway and closes on January 30, 2015. Projects focusing on youth and work experience are being prioritized to help increase job opportunities for Canadians with disabilities. For more information about how to submit proposals, please visit: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/of/national/index.shtml
“The prosperity and growth of our economy goes hand-in-hand with providing Canadians with the skills they need to enter and succeed in the job market. In partnership with local organizations, our Government is helping both youth and Canadians with disabilities in Sault Ste. Marie and throughout the region get the skills and experience they need to obtain jobs in today’s economy.”
– Bryan Hayes, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie