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Organizations have until March 9 to apply for funding under the Skills for Success program

January 26, 2022              Gatineau, Quebec              Employment and Social Development Canada

The Canadian labour market continues to evolve quickly, leaving many workers without the necessary skills to meet on-the-job demands, and many employers struggling to find employees to fill vacancies. To help Canada's economy recover from the pandemic and build back better, we need to ensure Canadians get the skills they need to succeed in today's workforce. That is why the Government of Canada introduced the Skills for Success program, which helps adult Canadians improve their foundational and transferable skills so they can find highquality employment opportunities.

Today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, launched a call for proposals to provide funding to organizations to develop projects that will increase training opportunities for Canadians now and in the future. The projects funded through Skills for Success will also build the capacity of organizations and employers, and support the work of provinces and territories as the economy recovers.

It is expected that these projects will contribute to an estimated 90,000 job training opportunities, helping deliver on the Government's commitment to create 500,000 new training and work opportunities for Canadians.

Through this call for proposals, the Government will invest more than $237 million to fund projects under two streams. Eligible activities under the first stream could include developing new training approaches, creating self-assessment tools and providing training resources. Activities under the second stream could include analysis to better understand skills challenges faced by under-represented groups, identifying best practices in how to teach certain skills, or developing case studies of successful training approaches that lead to employment.

Priority will be given to project proposals that respond to the needs of at least one of the following under-represented groups in the labour market: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people, members of official language minority communities, newcomers, and racialized Canadians.

Launched in May 2021, the Skills for Success program focuses on nine main skills that Canadians need to participate, adapt and thrive in learning, work and life. They include foundational skills, like writing, reading and numeracy, and socio-emotional skills, which are the human skills required for effective social interaction, such as collaboration, communication, problem solving, adaptability, and creativity and innovation.

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