Barriers to decent employment remain pervasive
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.
In 2012, 14.3% of youth between 15 and 24 years of age were unemployed, in contrast to 6% of workers 25 and older.
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.
For Aboriginals, 35% of those aged 15-19 and close to 20% of those aged 20-24 are unemployed.
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.”
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.
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