Canada's Economic Action Plan

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Government of Saskatchewan

Government of Saskatchewan

August 30, 2011 11:00 ET

Government of Canada and Province of Saskatchewan Team Up to Help Unemployed Older Workers in Saskatoon

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 30, 2011) - Unemployed older workers in Saskatoon will get help to develop their skills and re-enter the workforce thanks to a project funded jointly by the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan.

The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration for Saskatchewan, today announced joint funding of more than $125,000 for the project under the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers.

"Jobs and growth remain a top priority for the Government of Canada," said Minister Yelich. "This is why we are working in partnership with the Government of Saskatchewan to help unemployed older workers in Saskatoon participate in skills training and employment activities that will help them find jobs and adapt to the changing economy."

"Saskatchewan's economy is growing and the provincial government wants to ensure more residents, regardless of age, have the opportunity to participate in our labour market," said Minister Norris. "With the lowest unemployment rate in the country and our record population, our older workers are able to experience the Saskatchewan advantage first-hand."

As part of the Experience Works project, 10 unemployed older workers aged 55 to 64 years will have the opportunity to learn new employability skills, including resume writing and computer skills, in a group setting.

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. For more information, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/employment/employment_measures/older_workers.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) is a federal-provincial/territorial cost-shared initiative that provides employment assistance services and employability improvement activities, such as skills upgrading and work experience. The TIOW assists unemployed older workers aged 55 to 64 years who live in cities or towns with populations of 250,000 or less that are experiencing high unemployment or significant downsizing or closures.

The Government of Canada launched the TIOW in 2006 with a $70 million commitment, and it invested another $90 million in 2008 to extend the initiative to March 31, 2012. Canada's Economic Action Plan provided an additional $60 million nationally for the TIOW over three years.

To further help unemployed older workers, the Government of Canada announced in Budget 2011 that it is extending the TIOW to March 31, 2014 and investing an additional $50 million over two years.

To date, the TIOW has targeted over 15,700 unemployed older workers in Canada.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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

    Marieka Barrie
    Saskatchewan Ministry of Advanced Education,
    Employment and Immigration
    306-798-3170