Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Makes Announcements at Two Community Organizations in Vancouver

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of ESDC, made two employment related announcements at S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and Open Door Group on Friday, April 25th.

Minister Kenney was joined by the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors), to announce over $2.5 million for a project to help underemployed newcomers find alternative careers in Canada related to their field of study and education. The announcement was made at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Choi Hall in Vancouver and the news release can be viewed here.

In conjunction with the announcement, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. released an expression of interest for the Active Career Advancement Project, funded by the Government of Canada. The expression of interest is targeted to consultants with relevant work experience and knowledge of labour market and employment services as well as an understanding of employment barriers for diverse groups. Click here for background information about the project as well as the objective of the expression of interest and guidelines for replying.

Minister Kenney and The Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, British Columbia Minister of Children and Family Development, on behalf of The Honourable Don McRae, British Columbia Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, made a second announcement later that day at the Vancouver Downtown Eastside WorkBC Centre operated by Open Door Group.

The Governments of Canada and British Columbia announced the renewal of the Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD), designed to improve employment prospects for Canadians with disabilities and better meet the needs of Canadian businesses. Under this agreement, the Government of Canada will provide over $30.7 million per year to British Columbia—a contribution that will be matched by the province. For more information about the announcement and agreement, see the news release on the Government of Canada or Open Door Group websites.