Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Starting the summer with new jobs and opportunities across Canada - CANADIAN INQUIRER

Originally published: June 21, 2016

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.