Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

November 25, 2011 11:00 ET

Older Workers Graduate from Federally and Provincially Sponsored Re-training Project

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2011) - Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, and the Honourable Laura Ross, Minister of Government Services for Saskatchewan, today congratulated 15 older workers who graduated from a project jointly sponsored by the federal and provincial governments that helped them learn new skills to re-enter the workforce.

"Our government's top priority is creating jobs and the economy growth and, in a constantly evolving labour market, it is important that Canadians have the skills they need to succeed," said Mr. Boughen. "This is why we are proud of these graduates who are now better prepared to re-enter the workforce."

Mr. Boughen, who represented the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and Minister Ross, who represented the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration, were joined by the Honourable Dr. Gordon Barnhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, at Dimension 11, the human resources company that led the project.

"The provincial government is committed to ensuring that more Saskatchewan residents have the opportunity to participate in Saskatchewan's growing economy," said Minister Ross, on behalf of Minister Norris. "These graduates have developed the skills needed to help meet their personal objectives and re-enter the workforce.

Under the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, the two governments provided $135,000 for Put Your Wisdom to Work - Re-entering the Workforce. Participants were taught new skills, such as computer skills, résumé writing, and networking and interview skills. Job-shadowing with an employer was also part of their curriculum.

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.

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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 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 $50 million over the next two years until March 31, 2014.

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

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

    Marieka Andrew
    Advanced Education, Employment and Immigration