Federal Government providing support to Second Chance’s Women2Work Program in Guelph

November 9, 2021

2ndchanceCanada’s economic recovery depends on young people being able to get good jobs now and into the future. This is why the Government of Canada continues to make historic investments in young people, ensuring they have the supports and opportunities needed to build long and successful careers.

Today, Lloyd Longfield, the Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, met virtually with participants from Second Chance Employment Counselling (Wellington) Inc. to discuss their project, funded through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS).

In November 2020, Second Chance received nearly $1.4 Million (over 3 years) to help youth in Guelph and Wellington develop the skills needed to get – and keep – good jobs. This funding will ensure that young people have access to the supports and job experiences they need right now and for their future careers.

We know that women have been hardest hit by COVID. They continue to take on the majority of the work on the frontlines of the pandemic. The shecession is real, and unless Canadian women are working, safe, with their families cared for, we will not fully recover from the pandemic.

Today we are celebrating the additional funding of $448,399 to support Second Chance’s Women2Work program. This new program will support 40 women who have been disproportionately affected during the pandemic. It provides a safe inclusive space for women to address lack of skills and experience as well as broader issues that have affected women in the workforce since the start of the pandemic.

We are taking a collaborative and government-wide approach to supporting youth and women by ensuring their inclusion in all aspects of the economic recovery. Through Budget 2021, the Government is investing an additional $5.7 billion over the next five years to help young Canadians pursue and complete their education, acquire new skills and access more work opportunities. This is on top of the $7.4 billion already invested in support of young Canadians during the pandemic. Thousands more young Canadians will be able to benefit from the following historic Government investments:

  • Approximately 37,000 new job placements through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy over the next two years;
  • Approximately 37,000 new job placements through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy over the next two years;
  • 220,000 job placements through Canada Summer Jobs over the next two years;
  • an expected 50,000 work-integrated learning opportunities through the Student Work Placement Program in 2021–22;
  • at least 85,000 work-integrated learning placements through Mitacs over the next five years starting in 2021–22; and
  • 28,000 training and work opportunities for young Canadians through the Canada Digital Technology Adoption program.

Taken together, the Government of Canada’s response to the current crisis represents one of the largest youth support packages in the world.

 

Quotes

Creating more opportunities for young people to gain the valuable skills and experience they need is more important now than ever. We know young Canadians today are facing unprecedented challenges, with disruptions in their job placements, studies and internships. Partners, like you, are creating life-changing opportunities by helping youth facing barriers to enter the labour market and get the skills and professional training they need to build their future careers.
– Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough

A priority for our government is providing young Canadians with the tools and work experience they need to successfully overcome barriers to employment as our economy continues to recover. Second Chance, and their innovative project embodies the spirit of our Youth Employment and Skills Strategy program, and is a great example of our strong commitment to supporting Canadian women. I’m really looking forward to seeing the development of this project, and the tremendous impact it will have in our community, and our country.
– Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph

This additional funding provides a very flexible approach to supporting women, that address issues around child care, family responsibilities, and mental health supports. Women have been disproportionately affected by this pandemic, and this programme addresses those issues by adding 40 more spaces to the ways2work programme. We chose to focus on women as we have seen a need for this specialized programming over the years, that addresses their unique needs for support and to empower women to explore and seek out the many paths to success.”
– Chris Baginski-Hansen, Executive Director of Second Chance Employment Counselling (Wellington)

 

Quick Facts

  • Budget 2021 includes $101.4 billion over three years in proposed investments as part of the Government of Canada’s growth plan that will create good jobs and support a resilient and inclusive recovery. These measures include:
    • Supporting more than 7,000 additional job placements through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy. This will make it easier for young people to get good jobs, and better meet the needs of vulnerable youth facing multiple barriers to employment. This builds on funding announced in the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, which is expected to result in over 30,600 new placements in 2021-22.
  • In April 2020, the Government of Canada invested $492 million over three years, through ESDC’s YESS program, for 269 projects across Canada to help young people, facing barriers to employment successfully transition to the labour market. 
  • To support youth affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada announced in April and June 2020 increased funding by up to $187.7 million to the YESS program to create 9,500 more work opportunities for young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment. YESS projects managed by ESDC received up to $40 million for national and regional programs that are providing flexible supports and targeted job opportunities for up to 6,200 youth aged 15 to 30, which surpasses the initial target of 4,700 jobs, in the areas of social
  • To support youth affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada announced in April and June 2020 increased funding by up to $187.7 million to the YESS program to create 9,500 more work opportunities for young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment. YESS projects managed by ESDC received up to $40 million for national and regional programs that are providing flexible supports and targeted job opportunities for up to 6,200 youth aged 15 to 30, which surpasses the initial target of 4,700 jobs, in the areas of social support services, transport, information technology, research and administration, and other placements that support community needs.
  • CSJ is part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which helps youth, particularly those facing barriers, to gain the skills and experience they need to successfully transition to the labour market. The program strives to give young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 paid work opportunities so that they can grow professionally and improve their skills in the not-for-profit, small business and public sectors. It also supports the delivery of key community services to Canadians. 

 

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Lianne Cassidy

Executive Assistant to Lloyd Longfield Member of Parliament for Guelph

519-837-8276

Lianne.cassidy.432@parl.gc.ca