Federal government looks to overhaul job grant system

Federal government looks to overhaul job grant system

A sweeping review of every grant program is under way, Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk says.

OTTAWA—The federal government is reviewing every grant program designed to help groups provide skills and job training to make sure they help workers actually get jobs, the labour minister says.

There are thousands of employment grants handed out annually to groups across the country that, for instance, help connect workers with multiple university degrees to available jobs, or provide literacy training for older workers.

Those programs have varying rates of success, Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk said.

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Grant Program Assists With Training Workers

Grant Program Assists With Training Workers

 Feb 17th, 2015: The Canada – British Columbia Job Grant is a program developed jointly by the provincial and federal governments to assist business owners in the province in the hiring and training of employees. Launched last fall, the program provides two-thirds the cost of training a new or existing employee – up to a maximum government contribution of $10,000 per employee. The employer is required to contribute one-third of the training costs. Requiring employers to pitch in helps ensure the training leads to guaranteed jobs.

“We want employers to be partners as we train the workforce we need for today and the future. The Canada – B.C. Job Grant allows businesses of all sizes to access government training contributions of up to $10,000 per employee. The grant complements the work we are doing with our Skills for Jobs Blueprint. With our province facing one million job openings by 2022, we need young people and their parents to consider careers in construction, resource and technical sectors and these grants will support those choices,” explained provincial Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond.

The Canada – B.C. Job Grant is a flexible program that will help ensure British Columbians can find their fit in our growing and strong economy. Employers determine what kind of training is needed. Employers can choose qualified third-party providers to deliver it. All private-sector and not-for-profit organizations, with plans to train workers for a new or better job in B.C., are eligible to apply. If an organization has more than one worker to train, employers can apply for multiple grants on one application.

“Our government’s top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. The Canada Job Grant is part of our commitment to address the paradox of too many Canadians without jobs in an economy of too many jobs without Canadians. The Canada Job Grant will help Canadians get the right skills for available jobs and will lead to a guaranteed job at the end of the training. This is good news for Canadians, employers across Canada and our economy,” said Jason Kenney, Federal Minister of Employment and Social Development.

The grant is part of the $65-million Canada-British Columbia Job Fund Agreement provided by government of Canada. Since launching in October 2014, hundreds of B.C. businesses have applied for the grant from throughout the province, representing a vast array of sectors including health care, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting.

Quick Facts:

By 2022, B.C. is expecting one million job openings created by retirements and the province’s growing economy.
More than 78% of jobs will require some form of post-secondary education, and 44% will need skilled trades and technical workers.

Ontario grant helps Capacity Canada advance evaluation in charitable sector

Ontario grant helps Capacity Canada advance evaluation in charitable sector

WATERLOO REGION – Feb 17th,2015 Capacity Canada has received a $405,000 grant from the Ontario government to provide charitable non-profits in the province with tools for continuous improvement.

Awarded over three years under the Partnership Grant Program of the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, the money will help non-profits keep track of the performance of their policies and programs — a process known as evaluation.


“It is good practice to have evaluation running continuously in the background of a community organization,’’ says Cathy Brothers, Capacity’s chief executive officer. “It provides the flexibility to seize an opportunity, or adjust to changes that can come on quite suddenly.”

The greater the excellence in evaluation, the more impact non-profits have on their communities, Brothers added.

The grant allows Capacity to develop an online evaluation kit, create mentoring groups around evaluation and expand existing workshops and events that promote continuous evaluation.

“The Government of Ontario is pleased to support Capacity Canada’s commitment to building stronger communities by investing in community groups,” said Daiene Vernile, Liberal MPP for Kitchener Centre. “Evaluation helps these front-line organizations innovate to provide even better service.’’

The grant from the provincial government is the third major funding announcement Capacity has made in the last 12 weeks.

Grants from Manulife and the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation also enable Capacity to broaden its expertise in such areas as governance, mentoring and evaluation in the charitable non-profit sector.


$19.8m Canadian grant for vocational training

$19.8m Canadian grant for vocational training


The government of Canada has provided $19.8 million in grants to Bangladesh to strengthen the country’s technical and vocational training institutes to create employable and market-oriented workforce.
The country will provide the funds through the multi donor trust fund of the World Bank for the ongoing Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP).
Arostoo Khan, additional secretary of the Economic Relations Division (ERD), and Johannes Zutt, World Bank country director, signed a deal to this regard in the city yesterday.
Heather Cruden, Canadian high commissioner, said her country would provide the funds over the next four years to extend the reach of the STEP project.
The project, which began in 2010 and will run until 2016, aims to create demand-driven technical and vocational education and training and increase the number of employable students and trainees, including those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.
Cruden said Canada’s contribution would support all project components and expand and deepen impact by enabling additional private diploma-granting institutions and short-course institutions to benefit from the funding.
“In addition, our support will enable increased access by an additional 32,000 students, particularly females to stipends for technical and vocational training.”
Zutt said the project would help public and private technical institutions to extend their offerings and improve their quality and link the workers to the job market in a more effective way.
ERD Secretary Abul Kalam Azad also spoke.

$323,000 Grant for The Action for Healthy Communities Society of Edmonton

$323,000 Grant for The Action for Healthy Communities Society of Edmonton

EDMONTON, Dec. 14, 2013 The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), today announced support that will equip young Canadians in Edmonton with the skills and work experience needed to get jobs.

Our government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity all across Canada," said Minister Bergen. "Initiatives like this will help connect youth with jobs while ensuring that Canada's economy benefits from the skills and talents of young Canadians."

"Many young people are looking for work but can't get their foot in the door due to a lack of experience," said Mr. Hawn. "Since 2006, our government has helped more than 555 000 young people through our Youth Employment Strategy develop the skills they need to enter and succeed in the job market to the benefit of the Canadian economy."

The Action for Healthy Communities Society of Edmonton is receiving more than $323,000 from the Skills Link program to help youth facing barriers to employment get the skills and knowledge they need to find jobs. This program is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

The participants will develop useful skills through workshops and gain valuable hands-on experience to prepare for jobs in the service or construction industries.

"The Action for Healthy Communities Society would like to thank the Government of Canada for funding our project once again," said Keren Schoenberger, Project Coordinator. "This program helps youth in the community obtain the employment skills needed to succeed in today's job market, and enables us to create a positive relationship between employer and employee."

Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to equip Canadians with the skills and training they need to fill skills shortages and succeed in the Canadian labour market.

These include the Canada Job Grant, which will invest in skills training for unemployed and underemployed Canadians, better ensuring they are qualified to fill the high-quality, well-paying jobs that are available. Economic Action Plan 2013 is also creating opportunities for apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups such as Canadians with disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.

The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.



The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. With annual funding of approximately $300 million, YES helps youth obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including youth who are single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas—to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school. Since 2006, the Skills Link initiative has helped over 179 000 youth get jobs or return to school.

Career Focus helps youth obtain the information, skills and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job or further their education—including providing career-related work experience. Since 2006, the Career Focus initiative has helped over 26 000 youth acquire skills to help them transition into the labour market.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. The employer application period for Canada Summer Jobs has changed. Applications are now available at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj and must be submitted by January 31, 2014.

SOURCE Canada's Economic Action Plan

For further information:


Andrew McGrath
A/Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada

BC Government affirms Grant for RESP

BC Government affirms Grant for RESP


Aug 13,2013 | http://www.GovernmentGrantsCanada.ca | Vancover-BC

BC Government affirms Grant for RESP  is a new grant from the BC government will give $1,200 to children under seven if they have an RESP (registered education savings plan).

The program is called the BC Training and Education Savings Grant, and the government’s commitment to it was reaffirmed in the latest provincial budget.

“With the passing budget,” explained Peter Fassbender, minister of education, “we are ensuring that this money remains available for parents to save, not for the government to spend.”

All children born after January 1, 2007 who are BC residents are eligible. Parents must make an RESP for their children before their seventh birthday. When children turn six, the family must apply for the grant through their RESP provider. If the child is already six, the application will be done at the same time the RESP is opened.

The province is working with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada to implement the program, and the process is expected to take between 18 to 24 months. Once the program is in place, parents whose child is already six will receive a notice to apply for the grant.

The program aims to emphasize the importance of planning and saving early for a child’s post-secondary education.

An RESP is a special account where money can be saved for a child’s education tax-free. Money invested grows over time, and the account structure makes it easier for other family members to contribute.

The new grant replaces the Children’s Education Fund, which invested $1,000 for each child born in and after 2007. These invested funds will be put toward the grants

If the child ends up not pursuing post-secondary education after they graduate, the grant is returned to the government.

For more information on the BC Training and Education Savings Grant, please contact the BC Ministry of Education from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (PDT).



Town gets $25,000 from New Horizons for Seniors Program

Town gets $25,000 from New Horizons for Seniors Program

Caledon Enterprise|Jul 09, 2013| Town gets $25,000 from New Horizons for Seniors Program
Seniors in the Town of Caledon will soon have new opportunities for social participation and inclusion, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.
Based on community engagement, the Town will use the grant money to develop an Older Adults Strategic Plan to determine existing services and the needs/provisions of future services. Areas of study will include housing, recreation, health, communication, transportation and any other area that may apply and formulate recommendations for the Plan.
“As we prepare for the inevitable demographic shift in our population, the contributions of the New Horizons for Seniors Program will enable us to strengthen our community,” said Mayor Marolyn Morrison.
“The Seniors’ Advisory Committee has been advocating for an Older Adults Strategic Plan for Caledon and we look forward to participating in this Project,” said Bob Crease, Chair of the Seniors Advisory Committee.
The New Horizons for Seniors Program is a federal Grants and Contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. The funding initiative will enable seniors of Caledon to share their knowledge, skills and experiences with others as well as help the community to increase its capacity to address local issues.