Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

May 23, 2012 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps to Keep Experienced Workers in the Workforce Through ThirdQuarter Project

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - An innovative project that helps keep valuable experienced workers in the workforce will receive additional Government of Canada support. Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, made the announcement today.

"The Government's top priorities are job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians," said Mrs. Glover. "By investing in the ThirdQuarter project, we are enabling employers to connect with experienced workers in their local labour market to keep the workforce strong and competitive."

The ThirdQuarter project was originally announced in May 2010 as an online, community-based pilot project to help match the essential skills of workers over age 50 with the needs of employers.

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce's ThirdQuarter project is receiving almost $1 million in additional funding from the federal government to expand its reach into larger urban centres, while continuing to serve rural areas.

"Across Canada, businesses are challenged to find skilled, experienced and mature workers. Older Canadians-ThirdQuarter Canadians-are a perfect solution, and ThirdQuarter is the means by which older Canadians and firms can connect," noted Mr. Graham Starmer, President of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. "The Manitoba Chambers is honoured to receive the Government of Canada's support and funding to expand ThirdQuarter nationally and bring its services to larger urban centres across the country."

The skills and experience of older workers are valuable assets to employers and our labour market. In recognition of the specific employment challenges that workers over 50 face in a recovering economy, Economic Action Plan 2012 announced an additional $6 million over three years to expand the ThirdQuarter project to key centres across the country.

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About the organization

Representing 10 000 businesses, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce has completed a number of studies and papers in the areas of skills shortages, skills assessment and skills development. Recognizing that hiring and re-training older workers in the labour force is critical in meeting anticipated skills and workforce challenges, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce developed a pilot project to help both older workers and employers embed literacy and essential skills into job search and recruitment strategies.

For more information on ThirdQuarter, visit www.thirdquarter.ca.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559