Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan
Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

December 15, 2009 11:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Ontario Help Older Workers Prepare for New Jobs

WHITBY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2009) - A joint initiative of the governments of Canada and Ontario will help unemployed older workers develop new skills that will enable them to find jobs in today's labour market.

Through the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, both governments are making a combined investment of $58.5 million over three years that will provide training to 5,000 older workers. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities for Ontario, made the announcement today.

"When Canadians, including older workers, lose their jobs, we want to help them get back into the workforce as soon as possible," said Minister Finley. "Every region has different needs, and that is why we are working closely with Ontario to ensure that older workers can access the support, training and skills development opportunities they need to find jobs and adapt to the changing economy."

"Helping older workers find work will ensure that employers will have people with experience and skills that they can rely on," said Minister Milloy. "Investing in people and skills will help make our economy more innovative, productive and competitive."

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers helps unemployed older workers living in communities experiencing significant downsizing or closures. Through the Initiative, older workers will receive the employment assistance and skills training they need to find and keep new jobs, allowing them to continue contributing to their communities and Canada's economy.

Under Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Government is providing an additional $60 million nationally over three years for the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers. This investment could allow up to 6,000 more participants across the country to benefit from the specialized support they need to prepare for new jobs. This funding builds on previous investments in Budget 2006, which committed $70 million to launch the Initiative, and in Budget 2008, which invested $90 million to extend this initiative to March 31, 2012.

The Government is committed to staying on course and protecting our economy by fully implementing Canada's Economic Action Plan. The Government remains focussed on the economy and on helping Canadians. To learn more about the Plan, please visit the following Web site:

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Launched in 2006, the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers is a federal-provincial/territorial cost-shared initiative that provides employment assistance services and activities such as skills upgrading to assist unemployed older workers aged 55 to 64 living in vulnerable communities. To date, over 6,000 workers across Canada have been helped through this initiative.

In addition to increased funding, Canada's Economic Action Plan includes a change in criteria that will allow the Initiative to target an even broader range of communities. Cities and towns with populations of less than 250,000, and that are experiencing ongoing high unemployment or a high reliance on one employer or industry affected by downsizing or closure, will be eligible, even those located in larger census metropolitan areas. Previously, only census metropolitan areas with populations of less than 250,000 were eligible for funding under the Initiative. With this change, an additional 250 communities could be included in this initiative, depending on provincial/territorial participation.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Milloy
    Annette Phillips
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office