Government of Canada invests in basic skills training and support for workers in Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWNPEI, August 25, 2022 /CNW/ – Canada’s economic recovery is well underway. We have recovered 115% of the jobs lost during the pandemic. In fact, our economic growth is beginning to outpace the ability of some employers to find workers. The country has been confronted with changing demographics, new technologies and different practices, such as gig work and part-time work. New sectors such as green technologies are growing rapidly. Our ways of working, such as remote working and digitization, give people more options. Now, more than ever, it is essential that workers have the fundamental and transferable skills they need to adapt and thrive in today’s changing workforce.

Today, Minister of Employment, Vocational Training and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, Carla Qualtroughannounced that the government of Canada invests in 17 other organizations through Canada that provide Canadians with the skills and support they need to succeed in the job market. This $59.9 million investment through the Skills for Success will provide job training to more than 52,000 Canadians.

Minister Qualtrough made the announcement to Workplace Learning PEI Inc. (WLPEI), in Charlottetown. WLPEI receives more $1.5 million to set up the ADAPT project. The ADAPT Project is a partnership between Workplace Learning PEI (WLPEI) and the Government of from New Brunswick (GNB) Virtual Learning Strategy (ALS) Adult Learner Support Model. This project uses the Government of from New Brunswick proprietary Learning Disabilities Screening Tools (LDORI) and their Core Skills Gap Assessment (ESSA) to target clients with learning disabilities who are employed or beginning work in Prince Edward Island.

Drawing on WLPEI’s extensive experience and network of employers, ADAPT is piloting VLS’s new service of applying the VLS support model and its tools to the work environment to ensure the necessary workplace accommodations. work for workers whose learning disabilities affect their functioning at work. This funding will enable WLPEI to provide learning disability awareness workshops to approximately 100 employers, as well as essential skills assessment to 500 WLPEI clients and virtual learning strategist services to 150 clients with learning disabilities. ‘learning.

Other projects through Canada funded today will provide a wide range of services, supports and skills training for workers, including:

  • The Neil Squire Society’s Digital Literacy Essential Skills: Digital Jumpstart project, which will help 300 participants improve their digital literacy skills or prepare for the job market.
  • Closing the Gender Gap: Empowering Women through Literacy Programs with Strat HR Solutions’ Skill for Success Project, which will train 200 survivors of domestic violence and racialized women of all skill levels across Canada to better prepare for and maintain employment so they can succeed in today’s job market.
  • La Factry’s Canada Créatif project, which will implement a training program that will help 375 French-speaking newcomers through Canada develop their socio-emotional skills.

The government of Canada launched the Skills for Success program in 2021, which focuses on nine foundational and transferable skills Canadians need to participate, adapt and thrive in learning, work and life. They include fundamental skills such as writing, reading and numeracy, as well as social-emotional skills – the human skills required for effective social interaction, such as collaboration, communication, problem solving, adaptability, creativity and innovation.

The Skills for Success program is part of the Government of from Canada ongoing effort to address immediate and long-term training needs, particularly for underrepresented groups in the labor market, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and racialized Canadians. Projects funded through the Skills for Success program will contribute to approximately 90,000 job training opportunities, helping to meet the government’s commitment to create 500,000 new training and employment opportunities for Canadians.


Canada faces labor shortages, yet the untapped pool of talent in this country is deep. We must ensure that every Canadian who wants to work has the opportunity to do so. Through the Skills for Success program, we invest in amazing organizations, like Workplace Learning PEI, that help workers everywhere Canada get the skills and support they need to find a job and get to work with confidence. »
– Minister of Employment, Vocational Training and Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Carla Qualtrough

“Our island is brimming with so much potential and Workplace Learning PEI helps unlock that potential. It is extremely important that we support PEI organizations. Canadain their efforts to help Island workers succeed and this funding does just that. »
– Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, Laurent MacAulay

“Everyone has different needs and different paths to success. This is why the services offered by Workplace Learning PEI are so important. One employer, one employee at a time, they create more supportive workplaces and help build a thriving workforce on PEI. »
– Deputy of malpeque, Heath MacDonald

“The ability to correctly identify and address workplace challenges related to learning disabilities has the potential to reduce labor shortages and improve employee retention, productivity and morale. This is a victory for employers and employees! This investment by the Government of Canada provides workplace learning with the means to integrate government resources from from New Brunswick Virtual learning strategy program to assist in the identification and onboarding of new hires and existing employees with learning disabilities.
Lori JohnsonExecutive Director, Workplace Learning PEI

Fast facts

  • Workplace Learning PEI receives an investment of $1,534,414 for its Workplace Learning Prince Edward Island Learning Disability Online Risk Indicator project.
  • Announced in Budget 2021, the Government of Canada invests close to $298 million for three years as part of the Skills for Success program. This funding will help Canadians at all skill levels improve their foundational and transferable skills to better prepare to get and keep a job, and to adapt to and succeed in the workplace.
  • Currently, 45% of Canadians lack the literacy, numeracy and digital skills that are increasingly needed to succeed in the knowledge economy.

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For further information: For media enquiries, please contact: Tara Beauport, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, [email protected], 343-576-1628; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]

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