NORTH VANCOUVER – Job seekers on the North Shore are among the more than 5,500 British Columbians receiving the training they need for employment in their communities, thanks to an investment of nearly $36 million from the federal and provincial governments under the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund.

Contracts with 63 service providers to deliver targeted skills training programs across B.C. have been finalized. The programs offered on the North Shore include:

  • North Shore Multicultural Society: $145,723 for the Immigrant Youth Retail Employment Program, which will provide four weeks of job readiness training to prepare immigrant youth in North and West Vancouver for work in the retail sector.
  • YWCA Metro Vancouver: $280,000 for the Strive Job Readiness for Youth in Care program, which will provide five weeks of job readiness and workplace essential skills training for Vancouver and North Vancouver youth aged 17-24 who are transitioning out of care.

Some of these programs are delivered in partnership with the Industry Training Authority and the Ministry of Advanced Education. The goal of the training is to help unemployed British Columbians who face barriers to workforce participation find sustainable employment. The programs are now underway, and the majority will continue into September 2016.

Through the Canada Job Fund, the Government of Canada provides $500 million annually to the provinces and territories for investments in skills training. Under the Canada–British Columbia Job Fund Agreement, the province receives $65 million per year—its per capita share of the available funding.

The Canada-British Columbia Job Fund ensures training programs give individuals the skills to enter and succeed in the job market. The goal of the Employment Services and Supports stream is to increase the labour market participation of unemployed British Columbians who are not eligible for Employment Insurance programming and services.

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