The Canadian government will begin an initiative this summer that will help 40,000 young people find meaningful employment by 2023. Today, the Minister of Employment, Patty Hajdu, announced that the government is investing $4 million in Youth Employment Strategy (YES) funding.
Funding will go to support Opportunity For All — a coalition of companies that includes Starbucks, Walmart, and Telus, that aims to bring jobs to youths who face systemic difficulties.
Since 2016, the government of Canada has invested over $330 million into the Youth Employment Strategy. Coupled with this new partnership with Opportunity For All, YES is finally achieving its goal of coupling vulnerable young Canadians with employment opportunities.
For 2019, the government is proposing a further $49.5 million to fund this initiative.
The head of Opportunity For All, Richard Derman, says that the company is "changing the way businesses hire young workers, and actively works with employers to remove barriers to youth employment" according to the official press release.
Opportunity For All allows "employers to work with employment innovators, community employment agencies and governments to drive systems change and improve pre- and post-employment training programs for youth and employers."
From now until 2023, the government of Canada will set up vulnerable young people with 40,000 jobs.
Their focus will be for some 33,000 positions in skill development and back to school jobs, 15,000 new green jobs in the environmental sector, and 1,600 opportunities in the heritage sector.
With the Canada Summer Jobs Program now underway, there seems to be no better time for young Canadians to find meaningful and fulfilling employment in all kind of industries.