The Challenge

Canada needs a new employment and training model. Even as billions are spent annually on employment and training programs, job seekers are not being trained in the skills required for success on the job. At the same time, employers are struggling to find suitable candidates to fill their open positions.

Barriers to decent employment remain pervasive

Immigrant Unemployment

In 2013, the rate of unemployment for immigrants who had arrived within the past 5 years rose above 11%, or almost double that of the overall Canadian population.

Statistics Canada, 2013

Youth Unemployment

In 2012, 14.3% of youth between 15 and 24 years of age were unemployed, in contrast to 6% of workers 25 and older.

Statistics Canada, 2013

People with Disabilities

Approximately 4 in 10 persons with disabilities in Canada are neither in the work force nor looking for work due to systemic barriers.

Statistics Canada, 2013

Unemployed Aboriginals

For Aboriginals, 35% of those aged 15-19 and close to 20% of those aged 20-24 are unemployed.

Vanier Institute, 2013

There is a disconnect between supply and demand

“The Ontario Employers Skills Survey conducted by the Conference Board estimated that this province is losing out on as much as $24.3 billion in economic activity annually just because employers can’t find people with the skills they need to grow.”

Jason Kenny, Canada’s Minister of Employment and Social Development, Keynote Speech, 2013

In the first quarter of 2013, 295,000 private sector jobs had gone unfilled for four months or longer, representing a long-term vacancy rate of 2.5%, which has steadily increased since 2009.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business, 2013



We are tackling this challenge because we know that a good job changes…

How you see yourself

Your self-esteem, identity, and sense of well-being

How you see the world

Your attitude toward others, hopes for the future, and belief in what’s possible

How the world sees you

Your family, peers, community, and the world of opportunity available to you