The Canadian government is helping equip young people in Edmonton with the skills and experience they need to find jobs.
Through Youth Employment Strategy, Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation will deliver a project to help 125 youth in Edmonton with an investment of more than $150,000, said Tim Uppal, Minister of State for Multiculturalism, and MP Peter Goldring on behalf of Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development. This project will help young people successfully transition to the job market or return to school.
Project participants will improve skills in areas such as career planning and customer relations. Participants will also gain work experience with local employers in the food and service or hospitality industries.
A few quick facts:
Since inception, the Youth Employment Strategy has helped over 611,000 young Canadians 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, the 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. Since January, over 6,000 apprentices across Canada have benefited from the Canada Apprentice Loan.
“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce, so by investing in them, we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity,” said Uppal.
“We are proud to work with organizations like the Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation so young people, including those in Edmonton, can develop the skills they need to succeed in the job market.”
Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario also announced two projects to connect workers with careers in the forest products and wood manufacturing sectors.
The Forest Products Association of Canada is receiving over $1 million to create an online database for the forest products sector that will include information on available jobs based on skills and geography.
It will provide a variety of forecasts to help both employers and job seekers anticipate what skills will be in demand.
In the second project, the Wood Manufacturing Council is receiving more than $878,000 to study the human resource challenges facing the sector. In addition, it will update the skills requirements for five professions – finisher,
wood machinery operator, supervisor, assembler and computer numerically controlled operator – to ensure the current standards are up-to-date and relevant.
Accurate job market information helps workers connect with available, in-demand jobs while ensuring that employers have workers with the skills they need to help their businesses prosper. It also assists training institutions to align their training with the skills that employers are looking for.
The Canadian forest products industry generates revenues of $58 billion annually.
With almost half of its production exported every year, Canada is the largest exporter of forest products in the world. The sector employs about 230,000 workers in approximately 200 communities. Labour market forecasts show the forest products sector may soon face a shortage of skilled workers due to retirements and industry changes that are creating new types of jobs.
The advanced wood products manufacturing sector produces veneer, plywood and engineered wood products, such as furniture.
Due to rapidly changing technologies and business practices, there is an increasing need for higher-skilled workers in the wood manufacturing sector, which could result in a future skills shortage.
The Sectoral Initiatives Program aims to address current and future skills shortages by supporting the development, distribution and use of labour market information, national occupational standards and skills certification and accreditation programs.
“Under Vision2020, the forest sector is looking to hire 60,000 workers by the end of the decade,” said David Lindsay, President and CEO, Forest Products Association of Canada.
“The Sectoral Initiatives Program under ESDC is a tremendous tool in the industry’s tool-box, allowing us to craft, design and develop a smart online method of tracking labour market information across the country, which will help link job seekers with employers. The JobLink tool is part of TheGreenestWorkforce initiative and will be launched in 2016.
“The data captured will provide real-time labour market information regionally, provincially and nationally, while also providing Canadians with accurate employment forecasts and trends in the sector.”