Manitoba Government Investing More Than $292,000 to Support Employment Programs in Thompson and District
October 17, 2022
Funding will Support Two Local Organizations in Delivering Programs to Help EIA Clients Find Employment, Achieve Greater Independence: Squires
THOMPSON—The Manitoba government is investing $292,600 in two programs designed to help Thompson and district residents who are Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) clients find employment and achieve greater independence, Families Minister Rochelle Squires announced here today.
“Our government is committed to modernizing EIA to ensure that clients, especially those farther from labour markets, are fully supported on a clear pathway toward greater independence and more fulfilling lives,” said Squires. “These programs, the first of their kind to be delivered in Thompson, will provide client-centric, culturally sensitive programming that will help clients gain employment and develop self-sufficiency.”
The Manitoba government is providing $150,000 to support YWCA Advancement Support Services delivered through YWCA Thompson, which will help increase employability of up to 200 EIA participants. YWCA is a non-profit organization that for close to 45 years has been making a positive difference by promoting a strong presence of women, improving economic situations for individuals, equipping individuals to make informed choices and making Thompson a safe community for women and children.
“The YWCA Thompson is honoured to enter into this partnership and receive funding that will further support northern clients in their journey to independence. This pilot project, Advancement Services, reflects our philosophy of providing individual wrap-around services in a responsive, relevant and respectful framework,” said Kim Hickes, executive director, YWCA Thompson. “Working with clients hand in hand to address challenges, navigate systems and support mental wellness is key to a client’s success in reaching their goals.”
Programming will include pre-employment and mental health supports to assist improvements in the quality of life of clients, to further prepare them for financial independence, the minister noted.
The province will also provide a $142,600 one-time grant to FireSpirit Inc. to implement and deliver the Belonging to Employment Program in a 12-month pilot.
FireSpirit Inc. is a First Nation-owned company working to build human resources and provide employment services to Indigenous and northern communities. The company’s program model will provide continuous supports in self-discovery and personal development for 50 to 75 EIA clients once it has been launched.
As part of support for innovative programming to help Employment and Income Assistance clients find employment and regain independence, non-profit organizations and registered charities are reminded of the Oct. 24 deadline to apply for short-term grants of up to $300,000 under the Journey to Independence Fund.
For more information on the Journey to Independence Fund, visit https://gov.mb.ca/fs/eia/jif.html.
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