TORONTO, April 20 - The McGuinty government is launching an
innovative pilot project that will help people move from working for
welfare to working for a living, Minister of Community and Social Services
Sandra Pupatello announced today.
will provide ongoing, individualized employment counselling, job
placement and retention support to help people find jobs so that they
can leave welfare for good.
"Social assistance recipients are not statistics - they are real
people who want to work. It's time our welfare programs worked, too,"
said Pupatello. "Our plan will get thousands of people into the
workforce, and that's good for our clients, our economy and our taxpayers."
International, in cooperation with municipal Ontario Works offices,
will run the JobsNow pilot in six pilot communities: Peel Region,
Durham Region, Hamilton, Windsor, Ottawa and Nipissing. Through
their employment partnership with the government of British Columbia,
WCG has helped 30,000 social assistance clients return to the workforce
by providing one-on-one support and leveraging partnerships with local
businesses and employers.
"JobsNow will act as a network to help income assistance recipients
connect with the hidden job market," said Ian Ferguson, president
and CEO of WCG International. "We're not finding make-work jobs
- we're finding sustainable, long-term employment for people who just
need extra support to get back to work. We have already identified nearly
1,000 jobs and have the first people back to work."
"We are pleased
that the government has created an employment support program that will
make a real difference in the lives of our long-term Ontario Works clients.
JobsNow will also free up existing municipal employment services so
we can concentrate on supporting those who have been on Ontario Works
for less than a year," said Roger Anderson, Chair, Regional Municipality
of Durham and president of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
JobsNow is focussed specifically on people who have been on social assistance
for 12 months or more, providing them with intensive support to get
back into the labour force and into long-term employment.
is part of the provincial government's plan to restore integrity to
Ontario's social assistance programs by streamlining administration,
improving accountability and moving people off welfare into steady jobs.
It responds to the recommendations of London North Centre MPP Deb Matthews'
December 2004 report that found current social assistance programs are
not doing enough to help people get back into the workforce.
get back to work is good social policy, good economic policy and good
fiscal policy," said Pupatello. "Our people are our greatest
resource. When they can fulfill their potential, the entire province
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April 20, 2005
HELPING ONTARIO WORKS CLIENTS GET JOBSNOW
The Ontario government's
JobsNow pilot program will help people who are
currently on Ontario Works find and keep sustainable jobs. The program
partnership between the province, WCG
International and municipal social
WCG will run employment
placement pilot projects in six municipal areas:
Hamilton, Ottawa, Windsor, Nipissing, Peel and Durham. The job referrals
be aimed at Ontario Works clients who have been receiving social assistance
for over a year and have been unsuccessful in finding long-term employment.
JobsNow will provide participants with individualized:
JobsNow is based
on the principle that different people need different
supports to find and keep a job. The program will work one-on-one with
individual social assistance clients and employers to match the right
to the right job. JobsNow focuses on helping people who have been on
assistance for more than 12 months to re-enter the job market through
combination of access to job opportunities and longer-term job retention
JobsNow places an
aggressive emphasis on job retention because research
has shown that individuals who are employed for a period of more than
12 months have a higher likelihood of remaining in a job. Current Ontario
Works employment supports include up to six months of job retention
While this approach works for some clients, it has proven less successful
helping longer-term unemployed individuals return to the workforce.
JobsNow begins in April 2005 and continues to May 31, 2007, with a target
of 12,000 participants referred to the JobsNow service. An independent
party will conduct a thorough, ongoing evaluation to measure at six-month
intervals the success of JobsNow in helping people find and keep long-term
WCG is a leading
Canadian firm in workforce development and job placement
and retention services. WCG was selected to run JobsNow based on its
successful employment partnership with the government of British Columbia.
Because WCG's payment will be based on actual savings that result from
clients off of Ontario Works and into sustainable jobs, JobsNow will
net savings for both the province and participating municipalities.
restores integrity to social assistance by building on
the improvements the McGuinty government has already made, improvements
emphasize treating social assistance recipients with dignity and respect,
improving employment outcomes and making the welfare system more efficient
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Le gouvernement McGuinty lance un projet pilote innovateur
pour aider les gens à passer de laide sociale au marché
(this URL forwards to the MCSS site --
yes, they're back to that acronym again)
[Anxious to hear what BC's experience was with