Canada's Economic Action Plan

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Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

August 07, 2011 12:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia Team Up to Help Unemployed Older Workers

NEW GLASGOW, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 7, 2011) - Unemployed older workers in small communities in Nova Scotia will benefit from two projects jointly funded by the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia. These projects will help participants to develop their skills and get back into the workforce as soon as possible.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Ross Landry, Attorney General and Minister of Justice for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development for Nova Scotia, announced joint funding of $424,179 for two projects under the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers.

"Jobs and growth remain a top priority for the Government of Canada," said Minister MacKay. "We are pleased that our government is taking action, along with the province, to ensure that unemployed older workers in small communities get the skills training and support they need to find jobs and adapt to the changing economy."

"Our province's economic future will depend in part on our willingness to invest in older workers," said Minister Landry. "As our workplaces change, so must our idea of workers. We recognize the experience, maturity and wisdom that an older worker brings to our workforce and are very pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to help those workers become part of today's job market."

The Government of Canada is providing $202,637 to the Nova Scotia Trucking Human Resource Sector Council to help 14 unemployed older workers to develop their skills and prepare for employment in the trucking industry. Career Connections will receive $153,673 from the Government of Canada to assist 14 unemployed older workers enhance their employment skills to successfully return to the labour market.

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers is an important 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, 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 and experiencing high unemployment, and/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 this initiative over three years.

To further help unemployed older workers, in Budget 2011, the Government of Canada announced that it is extending the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, providing $50M over the next two years.

To date, TIOW has assisted over 15 500 unemployed older workers in Canada.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

    Brian Taylor
    Department of Labour and Advanced Education