Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan
Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

November 12, 2010 12:00 ET

Governments Partner to Help Unemployed Older Workers Prepare For New Jobs

ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 12, 2010) - A joint initiative of the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia is helping unemployed older workers learn new skills to assist them in finding and keeping new jobs. Since April 2009, this initiative has supported 21 projects across the province, providing skills training for over 350 people to help them re-enter the workforce.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, along with Mr. Maurice Smith, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Antigonish, on behalf of the Honourable Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development for Nova Scotia, announced that the two levels of government are providing $143,240 in funding for the Antigonish Career Resource Centre's New Beginnings Project for Older Workers, through the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW). 

"When Canadians lose their jobs, we want to help them get back into the workforce as soon as possible," said Minister MacKay. "Canada's Economic Action Plan, in partnership with the Province of Nova Scotia, is ensuring that older workers get the support, training and skills development opportunities they need to find jobs and adapt to the changing economy."

"We are keeping our commitment to make life better for Nova Scotians by working with our partners to support initiatives such as TIOW to help people find new jobs," said Mr. Smith. "Continuous learning is an investment that pays dividends in all areas of a person's life and helps individuals be better prepared to find work in today's marketplace."

"This program benefits the entire community," said Ms. Robena Stewart, Manager of the Antigonish Career Resource Centre. "The participants gain employability skills, updated computer skills, self-confidence and work experience, enabling them to continue to be valuable contributors in the workforce. Local employers gain experienced, mature, reliable employees."

In 2009, Canada's Economic Action Plan provided an additional $60 million nationally for the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers over three years. The Economic Action Plan is the Government of Canada's strategy to protect the economy by helping Canadians. To learn more about the Plan, please visit the following website:

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The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers 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 ongoing high unemployment, and/or significant downsizing or closures.

The Government of Canada launched the Initiative 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 date, over 13 600 unemployed older workers across Canada have been helped through the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Department of Labour and Workforce
    Development for Nova Scotia
    Judy Munro
    Communications Advisor