GATINEAU, QUE. — The Government of Canada is investing $72 million over three years as part of the Sectoral Initiatives Program’s existing funding, which will fund sector-specific projects to help Canadian workers gain skills and access resources.
Distributed through a call for proposals, which will remain open for six weeks, the investment will also help businesses and networks scale up strategies to drive job growth and create standards for education and certification purposes.
The government, along with the support of industry and labour partners, will help key sectors address their current and future workforce needs through at least one of three approaches:
- The first approach focuses on ensuring Canadians have access to job tools and resources so that they can make informed decisions about their career path. Projects that receive funding under this approach will have the goal of helping employers, Canadians looking for work, students and educators make informed decisions about hiring, skills training and career choices.
- The second approach is the development of projects that offer training to workers looking to upgrade their skills or start a new career.
- The third approach focuses on helping small and medium-sized businesses meet their hiring needs through the development of new strategies, or the scaling-up of proven workforce development strategies.
“Canadian workers and employers are facing new and evolving challenges, brought on and exacerbated by the pandemic,” said Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough in a statement. “With some sectors experiencing the impacts more than others, we are taking additional steps to help Canadians get back on their feet. We have an opportunity not just to support Canadians and businesses, but also to grow their potential. With a comprehensive and bold approach to job creation, we will build back better.”