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Government of Manitoba

December 09, 2011 14:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Manitoba Help Older Workers Re-Enter the Workforce

SELKIRK, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Dec. 9, 2011) - Ten federally and provincially-funded projects will support unemployed older workers in small communities in Manitoba by helping them develop their skills and get back into the labour market.

The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Regional Minister for Manitoba, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, together with the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Minister of Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade today announced joint funding of $2.9 million for these projects under the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers.

"Our government's top priority remains Canada's economic recovery and we continue to take action to support Canadian jobs and families," said Minister Toews. "Together, with the Province of Manitoba, we are helping unemployed older workers in small communities across Manitoba get the support, training and skills development opportunities they need to find jobs and re-enter the workforce."

"Manitoba recognizes older workers as a key component to addressing labour and skill shortages in our growing economy," said Bjornson. "These investments in education and training for older workers will help them maximize their ability to participate in the workforce."

Approximately 350 unemployed older workers from a number of communities in Manitoba will benefit from these projects. Participants will take part in skills-enhancement training that includes career development activities, computer skills training and assistance with job search and subsidized work placements. Through this investment, both levels of government are working together to ensure that the older workers remain active and productive labour market participants.

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers is part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The Government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. To date, this program has helped more than 16 000 unemployed older workers retrain for new careers.

A key element of the Plan includes increasing and improving opportunities available to Canadian workers through skills development.

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

For more information on these projects in Manitoba, please visit

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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, to assist unemployed older workers aged 55 to 64 living in a city or town with a population of 250,000 or less that is experiencing high unemployment and/or significant downsizing or closures.

The Government of Canada launched the TIOW in 2006 with a $70-million commitment and 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 this initiative over three years.

To further help unemployed older workers, in Budget 2011, the Government of Canada announced that it is extending the TIOW, providing $50 million over the next two years until March 31, 2014.

To date, TIOW has targeted over 16,000 unemployed older workers in Canada.

Below is a list of projects being announced.

Project Title Organization Total
No. of
Older Worker Project J.U.S.T. Training Corporation 547,103 459,567 75
Experienced Worker Transition Program Dauphin and District Chamber of Commerce 311,335 261,521 24
South Central Opportunity for Re-integration to Employment (SCORE) Winkler and District Chamber of Commerce 242,139 203,397 70
Carberry and District Development Corporation's Targeted Initiative for Older Workers Carberry and District Development Corporation 98,071 82,380 12
Portage Older Worker Employment Resource (POWER) Portage Learning and Literacy Centre Inc. 305,000 256,200 30
Employment Opportunities for Older Workers St-Pierre en Boom 474,794 398,827 35
Employment AdvantAge Parkwest Regional Employment and Development Corp. 241,244 202,645 40
New Directions Virden Employment Skills Centre 112,081 94,148 10
Experience Pays Off! Selkirk Friendship Centre 396,966 333,451 36
Swan Valley Employment and Training Project Town of Swan River 193,016 162,133 15



Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

    Jodee Mason
    Cabinet Communications
    Province of Manitoba