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Canada works to support under-represented workers in technology

Canada works to support under-represented workers in technology

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Canada has announced an investment of over C$5.8 million for Elevate to launch a new and innovative job success program.

Elevate, a purpose-driven not-for-profit, supports businesses to scale-up and connect talent to foster a culture of innovation and collaboration across the country.

The program will reskill 5,300 job seekers from under-represented communities and match them with job openings in technology and innovation-based organizations.

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister Responsible for FedDev Ontario, said: “For too long, members of under-represented groups have experienced unique and systemic hurdles to their career advancement. Now, after facing disproportionate impacts of the pandemic, individuals in these communities need support more than ever.

“With today’s investment for Elevate, our message is clear: we are here to support a strong, skilled, diverse and inclusive economy for everyone.”

Additional support for the Elevate Talent program will be made available from the City of Toronto. 

Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto, said: “This innovative approach will allow us to take advantage of our booming tech industry, world-renowned post-secondary institutions and community partners to ensure that everyone is a part of our economic recovery.”

By piloting a collaborative model with key community, learning and hiring partners, this project will provide targeted training to build job-specific skills.

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