McGuinty Government Helping Build Job Opportunities For People On Social Assistance

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McGuinty Government Helping Build Job Opportunities For People On Social Assistance

25 Community Projects Supported By The Employment Innovations Fund
OTTAWA, June 22 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is opening the door to job opportunities for Ontarians on social assistance by funding innovative community projects that connect local businesses with job-ready people, Minister of Community and Social Services Madeleine Meilleur announced today.
"As part of our plan to help more people on social assistance find jobs, we called on the business community to get involved - and they responded," said Meilleur. "The number of innovative proposals we received is a testament to the creativity and good business sense of Ontario's employers and associations."
The projects are funded through the $4 million Employment Innovations Fund, which was launched in June 2006. Twenty-five projects, designed by organizations from across Ontario - including municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and employer associations - have been selected for funding.
Projects being launched in Ottawa include a customer service skills training program run by The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, and a City of Ottawa marketing campaign aimed at engaging local employers to hire social assistance recipients.
"We are very excited to have the opportunity to move forward with our project," said Norma Ricker, Director of Employment Partnerships with The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work. "Not only will it help more people with disabilities in our community improve their lives by finding employment, but it will also provide local businesses with another resource for the recruitment of potential employees."
"I am extremely proud of our community for stepping up and responding to the call to create opportunities for people in Ottawa," said Richard Patten, MPP for Ottawa Centre. "These projects will make a positive difference to both individuals and our local economy."
The fund builds on existing employment programs and is just one of many government initiatives aimed at helping Ontarians enter the workforce, including:
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- Eliminating barriers to employment for people on social assistance by
providing straightforward incentives and extra support to help them
find and keep jobs
- Launching Employment Ontario, a new integrated training and
employment system that will ensure people in rural areas have better
access to skills training and labour market services that are
tailored to the needs of rural communities
- Encouraging strong job creation - with 339,300 net new jobs since
October 2003.
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"We're committed to building opportunity for all Ontarians to succeed in the workforce and we're engaging others to work with us to help more people achieve this goal," said Meilleur. "By supporting partnerships that help local businesses connect with job-ready people, we're investing in the future prosperity of our province."
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EMPLOYMENT INNOVATIONS FUND PROJECTS
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As part of the 2006 provincial budget, the government established the Employment Innovations Fund to engage Ontario's employers in creating and expanding job opportunities for people receiving financial assistance from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program.
Twenty-five projects have been selected to receive funding through the Employment Innovations Fund:
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Location Project Submitted By Brief Project Description
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Province-wide Alliance of Helping Ontario businesses recruit,
Manufacturers and accommodate and retain qualified
Exporters Canada staff with disabilities to fill
skills shortages in the
manufacturing sector by
implementing an employer challenge
to hire people with disabilities,
building member awareness and
recognizing the achievements of
employer champions
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Province-wide Canadian Food Assisting the Ontario grocery
Industry Council and sector to increase career
the Ontario March of opportunities for people with
Dimes disabilities through a targeted
provincial marketing strategy to
the Canadian Food Industry
Council's membership
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Brantford The Corporation of Helping victims and potential
the City of Brantford victims of domestic abuse develop
skills to gain employment in the
skilled trades
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Hastings County of Hastings Supporting an initiative that helps
Ontario Works and the people get to and from work,
Town of Deseronto thereby removing this key barrier
to employment for people on Ontario
Works and the Ontario Disability
Support Program in the county
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Hawkesbury Le Phénix Providing participants with job-
specific training and employment
opportunities with a local employer
partner
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Huron County County of Huron Providing hands-on training in the
Social Services and customer service/hospitality sector
the County of in the employers' places of
Stratford business during the 'down-time' of
the winter months to mirror the
experience of actual employment
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Kitchener Lutherwood Providing customized training to
enable participants to obtain
employment as either truck drivers
or in the banking field with
employer sponsors
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Madoc Madoc C.O.P.E. Establishing a community-based
Corporation storefront bakeshop to create job
and training opportunities that
will prepare participants for
employment opportunities at other
local food service providers
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Niagara Regional Municipality A collaboration among three levels
of Niagara of government across 12
municipalities in Niagara and
employers to provide direct, daily,
roundtrip transportation for social
assistance recipients to Niagara
workplaces in the service,
hospitality, horticulture, health,
construction and manufacturing
sectors
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North Bay North Bay and Creating a pool of employees who
District Chamber of are ready for work and establishing
Commerce, District a database system to streamline the
Social Services recruitment and screening process
Administration Boards for employers
in the North East
Region, and the
District Municipality
of Muskoka
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Ottawa Canadian Council on Training participants on customer
Rehabilitation and service-based skills, leading to
Work employment opportunities with
partner employers for successful
graduates of the program
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Ottawa City of Ottawa Helping participants access
employment opportunities and
creating a marketing campaign to
engage local employers in hiring
social assistance recipients
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Peel Region Regional Municipality Expanding an existing partnership
of Peel in order to place participants in
full-time jobs with a large
logistics/manufacturing employer
and to support them after placement
through a job retention strategy
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Peel Region Training and Renewal Providing pre-employment and on-
Foundation the-job skills training to prepare
candidates for careers as coffee
and vending service workers.
Graduates of the training will
receive a diploma recognized by the
Ontario Coffee and Vending Service
Association and will be placed in
jobs with employer partners
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Prescott- Centre de service à Developing a volunteer
Russell l'emploi de transportation system to get
Prescott-Russell Inc. participants to and from work,
addressing a significant barrier to
employment in the area
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Sault John Howard Society Providing up to six months of work
Ste. Marie of Sault Ste. Marie experience in entry level jobs in
and District retail, hospitality and cleaning
brought about by the expansion of
local call centres
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St. Thomas St. Thomas and Elgin Training, licensing and employing
and Elgin County Ontario Works participants in truck driving and
County providing support to participants
for one year following training
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Sudbury Community Living Building the capacity of business
Ontario and the leaders to take on a key role in
Rotary Clubs of promoting the hiring and
Ontario accommodation of people who have a
disability
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Sudbury Sudbury-Manitoulin Supporting workplace attachment
District Social through skill development and job
Services placements with local employer
Administration Board sponsors for graduates of the
program
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Toronto George Brown College Participants will be supported by a
Job Coach and will receive a
Construction Craft and Worker Level
1 Completion Certificate, as well
as a Material Handling Certificate.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health's redevelopment project will
provide opportunities for work
placements and employment
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Toronto Jewish Vocational Building employment opportunities
Service of and career pathways in the retail
Metropolitan Toronto sector by providing participants
and the Retail with a paid internship with one of
Council of Canada 12 supporting employers
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Toronto Toronto District Providing participants with
School Board training in material handling,
shipping/receiving, purchasing and
inventory, as well as with
employment opportunities with
employer partners
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Toronto Toronto Social Connecting local residents with
Services, Toronto training, employment, and
Community Housing opportunities for career
Corporation and The advancement associated with the
Daniels Corporation revitalization of Regent Park
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Windsor Community Living Providing training and co-op
Windsor placements geared towards entry-
level positions in the hospitality
industry
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Windsor Unemployed Help Providing a group-based
Centre of Windsor intervention program designed to
Inc., St. Clair support long-term employment
College of Applied sustainability for women receiving
Arts and Technology social assistance. Sponsoring
and the City of employers will provide job
Windsor Ontario Works placements to graduates of the
program
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Proposals are currently being accepted for the next round of funding. Letters of Interest must be submitted using the Employment Innovations Fund Application Package, which is available online at www.mcss.gov.on.ca. Priority consideration for funding this year will be given to Letters of Interest submitted by July 25, 2007.
The Employment Innovations Fund is funded entirely by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and is one of the many ways the McGuinty government is helping people on social assistance get into the workforce and on the path to a brighter future.
Contact:
John Letherby
Communications and Marketing Branch
416-325-5187
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For further information: Marc Despatie, Minister's Office, (416) 325-5219, (416) 433-8584 (cell); John Letherby, Communications and Marketing Branch, (416) 325-5187