The Government of Canada has pledged $1.1 million to Canada Company’s new initiative to enhance their online programs to better assist veterans and spouses in finding meaningful careers.
The announcement was made at the 2016 Canada Company National Transition exChange by Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Kent Hehr on behalf of MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development, and Labour.
“I am pleased that our Government is providing veterans with the tools and the training they need to transition to good, well-paying jobs. Hundreds of veterans will have the opportunity to build meaningful new careers and contribute the unique skills they acquired as Canadian Armed Forces Members, to Canada’s labour market,” stated MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour in a statement.
The funds will be used to create a searchable online database and forecasting tool to help former military personnel transition into meaningful careers. Through partnerships and the development of tools and resources, veterans will be able to connect with jobs that will benefit from skills and knowledge gained during their time in the military.
“Helping Canada’s Veterans find good jobs in the private sector is truly a win-win for everyone involved. The Veterans get to put their training and hard-earned skills to good use following their release from the military, while Canadian businesses benefit from the unique skills that Veterans offer. The Government of Canada is proud to partner with organizations like Canada Company to make it easier for Veterans to train for and find good jobs. This is a tremendous example of government and the private sector working together towards better outcomes for Veterans,” said Hehr.
Since its inception in May 2006, Canada Company has grown into a network of more than 600 employer members. The organization operates on a mandate of facilitating the hiring of 10,000 veterans by 2023.
“Canada Company is proud to be the national Veteran transition leader—educating and enabling Canadian business to support the employment of our remarkable military members and most recently, their spouses. As our membership grows and we earn the support of more Canadian businesses across the country, this unprecedented $1.1 million contribution from our Government of Canada partners will help drive digital applications and searchable database technology for our web-based platform. The Canada Company Military Employment Transition will become a truly innovative and digital space for Canadian Veterans and their families,” said Angela Mondou, President, Canada Company.