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1. Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

General information

Name of horizontal initiative

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS)

Lead department

  • Employment and Social Development Canada

Federal partner departments

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Global Affairs Canada
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Indigenous Services Canada
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
  • National Research Council
  • Natural Resources Canada
  • Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Parks Canada

Start date of the horizontal initiative

  • April 1, 2003

End date of the horizontal initiative

  • Ongoing

Description of the horizontal initiative

  • Through the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, the Government of Canada helps youth aged 15 to 30 and particularly those facing barriers to employment get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition into the labour market. The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy is a horizontal initiative led by Employment and Social Development Canada which is delivered collaboratively with 10 other federal departments, agencies and Crown corporations. It also includes the Canada Summer Jobs and Goal Getters programs which are delivered by Employment and Social Development Canada. These programs are delivered nationally and regionally via contribution agreements.

Governance structures

  • The Youth Employment and Skills Strategy has strengthened and integrated a new governance structure to facilitate better coordination between the 11 participating federal organizations, key partners, stakeholders and youth.
  • This governance structure reflects a commitment from the 11 participating federal departments agencies and Crown corporations to collect common performance management information on an ongoing basis to ensure effective management of the program.
  • Employment and Social Development Canada is responsible for the leadership, coordination and management of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Interdepartmental Committees.

Total federal funding allocated (from start to end date) (dollars)

Total federal planned spending to date (dollars)

Total federal actual spending to date (dollars)

Date of last renewal of the horizontal initiative

  • Not applicable

Total federal funding allocated at the last renewal, and source of funding (dollars)

  • Not applicable

Additional federal funding received after the last renewal (dollars)

  • Not applicable

Total planned spending since the last renewal

  • Not applicable

Total actual spending since the last renewal

  • Not applicable

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

  • 2019 to 2020

Planning highlights

  • Beginning in fiscal year 2020 to 2021, ESDC and its partners will be implementing a new common performance measurement framework working to enhance their ability to measure a youth’s progress toward employment, job readiness, career advancement and employer engagement.

Contact information

Rachel Wernik, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister
Skills and Employment Branch
Telephone: 819-654-5991
Email: rachel.wernik@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca
Place du Portage Phase IV
140 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau QC  K1A 0J9

Planning information

Federal organization: Employment and Social Development Canada

Link to the department’s program inventory

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Goal Getters

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $10,000,000

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 1,200
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 0% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: The intent of the Goal Getters program is to ensure that all participants (100%) remain in school.
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment: Baseline data will be collected in fiscal year 2020 to 2021 and will be used to set targets for the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year and onwards.

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Canada Summer Jobs

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $122,801,310

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: Target unavailable at the time of publication
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 15% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 85% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • Indigenous: 8%
    • visible minority: 17%
    • youth with a disability: 3.5%

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $223,650,154

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 8,000
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 50% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 6% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • Indigenous: 20%
    • visible minority: 36%
    • youth with a disability: 20%

Federal organization: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Link to the department’s program inventory:

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $1,157,850

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 60
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 75% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 10% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • rural: approximately 30%
    • Indigenous: approximately 10%
    • visible minority: approximately 8%
    • youth with a disability: less than 1%

Federal organization: Canadian Heritage

Link to the department’s program inventory:

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Young Canada Works Initiative

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $7,124,885

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 930
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 7% of total youth served
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 50% of total youth served
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • Indigenous: 6%
    • visible minority: 10%
    • youth with a disability: 2%

Federal organization: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Link to the department’s program inventory:

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $1,000,000

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 125
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 20% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 10% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • Indigenous: 100%

Federal organization: Environment and Climate Change Canada

Link to the department’s program inventory:

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Science Horizons Internship Program

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $3,153,000

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 179
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 143 (80% of youth served)
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 10 (6% of youth served)
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • Indigenous: approximately 2.1%
    • visible minority: approximately 20%
    • youth with a disability: less than 2.1%

Federal organization: Global Affairs Canada

Link to the department’s program inventory:

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • International Youth Internship Program

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $6,400,000

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 312
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 70% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 10% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • Indigenous: 1%
    • visible minority: 15%
    • youth with a disability: 1%

Federal organization: Indigenous Services Canada

Link to the department’s program inventory:

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $26,643,124

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 3,931
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 139 (29% of youth served)
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 149 (31% of youth served)
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • Indigenous: 100%

Federal organization: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Link to the department’s program inventory:

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Digital Skills for Youth

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2022

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $10,027,194

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 630
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: Baseline data will be collected in fiscal year 2020 to 2021 and will be used to set targets for the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year and onwards.
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 0 % - The objective of this program is to provide skills and experience to transition to the labour force.
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment: Baseline data will be collected in fiscal year 2020 to 2021 and will be used to set targets for the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year and onwards.

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Computers for Schools Intern Program

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • April 1, 2018, to March 31, 2022

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $3,689,488

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 200
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 14% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 10% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • Indigenous: approximately 14%
    • visible minority: approximately 33%
    • youth with a disability: approximately 3.5%

Federal organization: National Research Council

Link to the department’s program inventory:

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Industrial Research Assistance Program

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $5,373,000

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 166
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 70% of total youth served
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 2% of total youth served
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • women: 22%
    • visible minority: 15%
    • youth with a disability: 2%
    • Indigenous: 1%

Federal organization: Natural Resources Canada

Link to the department’s program inventory:

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy Program

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $600,000

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 35
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: 70% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 5% of youth served
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • 50% of interns are members of employment equity groups (women, Indigenous youth, youth with a disability, visible minority)

Federal organization: Parks Canada

Link to the department’s program inventory:

  • Youth Employment and Skills Strategy

Horizontal initiative activity

  • Young Canada works

Total federal allocation (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • Ongoing

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars)

  • $2,000,000

2020 to 2021 expected results

  • Youth have access to programs that allow them to acquire the skills, learning experiences, and opportunities they need to find and maintain employment or return to school.

2020 to 2021 Performance indicators and targets

  • Number of youth served: 87
  • Percentage of youth employed/self-employed: Baseline data will be collected in fiscal year 2020 to 2021 and will be used to set targets for the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year and onwards.
  • Percentage of youth returned to school: 75% (65 youth)
  • Percentage of youth served who are facing barriers to employment:
    • Indigenous: 9% (8 youth)
    • visible minority: 5% (4 youth)
    • youth with a disability: 2% (1 youth)

2. Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Transformation Initiative

General information

Name of horizontal initiative

  • Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Transformation Initiative

Lead department

  • Employment and Social Development Canada

Federal partner departments

  • Indigenous Services Canada; Public Health Agency of Canada

Start date of the horizontal initiative

  • September 2018

End date of the horizontal initiative

  • March 2028

Description of the horizontal initiative

  • The Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care (IELCC) Transformation Initiative supports the implementation of the co-developed Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework. This framework reflects the unique cultures and priorities of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children across Canada. The initiative enables greater control in IELCC through a new partnership model to facilitate Indigenous-led decision making to advance national and regional priorities.
  • Employment and Social Development Canada is the federal focal point guiding this horizontal initiative, with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) as co-signatories to the terms and conditions of the IELCC Transformation Initiative.

Governance structures

  • Oversight of this horizontal initiative is provided through a collaborative structure. To support the management and reporting efforts undertaken by federal partners, the Initiative includes:
    • an Assistant Deputy Minister Interdepartmental Steering Committee (ADMSC)
    • a Director General Interdepartmental Committee (DGIC)
    • a Federal Working Group on Reporting, which is in the process of being established
  • The ADMSC, chaired by Senior ADM of Strategic and Service Policy Branch, ESDC, is composed of Assistant Deputy Ministers from Employment and Social Development Canada, Indigenous Services Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, the Treasury Board Secretariat, and the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs. The ADMSC is responsible for the broad management of the Initiative and ensuring strategic harmonization across programs and departments. Since September 2018, the committee has met 4 times.
  • The DGIC is comprised of DGs and working-level officials from partner organizations. It oversees the major implementation of the Initiative including reporting of results, performance measures, and evaluation objectives. Members meet every 3 weeks.
  • The implementation of the IELCC Initiative is also supported by national and regional partnership tables with First Nations, Inuit and Métis. These tables will play a large role in determining how the funding will be distributed and how performance will be measured.

Total federal funding allocated (from start to end date) (dollars)

  • $1,705,000,000
    [10-year (fiscal year 2018 to 2019 to fiscal year 2027 to 2028) funding announced in Budget 2016 and 2017. All financial amounts in the annex include Grants & Contributions, Operations & Management, and Internal Services.]

Total federal planned spending to date (dollars)

  • $128,599,048
    [Total cumulative federal planned spending on the horizontal initiative from its start date to March 31, 2019.]

Total federal actual spending to date (dollars)

  • $104,004,431
    [Total cumulative federal actual spending on the horizontal initiative from its start date to March 31, 2019.]
    This amount is broken down as follows:
    • ESDC: $31,940,426
    • ISC: $69,431,610
    • PHAC: $ 2,632,395

Date of last renewal of the horizontal initiative

  • Not applicable

Total federal funding allocated at the last renewal, and source of funding (dollars)

  • Not applicable

Additional federal funding received after the last renewal (dollars)

  • Not applicable

Total planned spending since the last renewal

  • Not applicable

Total actual spending since the last renewal

  • Not applicable

Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation

  • First evaluation scheduled to be completed in fiscal year 2021 to 2022

Planning highlights

  • In fiscal year 2020 to 2021, the department will continue to:
    • enable greater influence and control by Indigenous peoples over Indigenous ELCC programs and services
    • support early learning and child care priorities set by Indigenous communities
    • strengthen foundational supports for Indigenous ELCC
    • improve horizontal coordination of federal programs and investments

Contact information

Cheri Reddin, Executive Director

Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Secretariat

Strategic and Service Policy Branch

Telephone: 873-396-0882

Cheri.Reddin@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca

Place du Portage, Phase IV, mailstop 305

140 Promenade du Portage

Gatineau, Québec

Planning information

Horizontal Initiative Overview

Name of horizontal initiative: Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Transformation Initiative

Total new funding allocated (dollars): 1,705,000,000
[10-year (fiscal year 2018 to 2019 to fiscal year 2027 to 2028) funding announced in Budget 2016 and 2017.]

2020 to 2021 planned spending (dollars):

  • New: $142,509,662
    [Includes funding that was not spent in fiscal year 2018 to 2019 and has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]
  • Legacy/Ongoing: $135,934,373
    [Includes funding from Budget 2016 that has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]
    Note: Legacy (ongoing) funding for IELCC programs is for the following:
    • First Nations and Inuit Child Care Initiative (administered by ESDC)
    • Aboriginal Head Start On reserve (administered by ISC)
    • Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities (administered by PHAC)

Performance indicators:

  • number of partnership tables established
  • other indicators to be co-developed with Indigenous partners

Targets:

  • 3 partnership tables
  • to be co-developed with Indigenous partners

Date to achieve targets: March 2020 for the partnership tables

Total Spending by Allocations

Allocation: First Nations envelope

Total new 10-year funding (dollars): $1,043,676,388

2020 to 2021 planned spending – new funding (dollars): $86,972,557
[Includes funding that was not spent in fiscal year 2018 to 2019 and has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]

2020 to 2021 planned spending – legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): $96,395,330
[Includes funding from Budget 2016 that has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]

2020 to 2021 total planned spending – new and legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): $183,367,887

Allocation: Inuit envelope

Total new 10-year funding (dollars): $113,652,894

2020 to 2021 planned spending – new funding (dollars): $7,156,830
[Includes funding that was not spent in fiscal year 2018 to 2019 and has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]

2020 to 2021 planned spending – legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): $6,750,401
[Includes funding from Budget 2016 that has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]

2020 to 2021 total planned spending – new and legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): $13,907,231

Allocation: Métis envelope

Total new 10-year funding (dollars): $463,035,166

2020 to 2021 planned spending – new funding (dollars): $41,662,386
[Includes funding that was not spent in fiscal year 2018 to 2019 and has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]

2020 to 2021 planned spending – legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): Not applicable

2020 to 2021 total planned spending – new and legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): $41,662,386

Shared expected results for First Nations, Inuit and Métis envelopes :

  • Indigenous partners have greater influence over IELCC programming
  • Indigenous children and families have greater access to ELCC programs and services that are holistic, accessible, inclusive, and flexible, and culturally appropriate

Shared indicators for First Nations, Inuit and Métis envelopes:

  • number of national partnership tables established
  • other indicators to be co-developed with Indigenous partners

Shared targets for First Nations, Inuit and Métis envelopes:

  • 3 national partnership tables
  • other targets to be co-developed with Indigenous partners

Allocation: Quality improvement projects

Total new 10-year funding (dollars): $45,009,784

2020 to 2021 planned spending – new funding (dollars): $3,140,508
[Includes funding that was not spent in fiscal year 2018 to 2019 and has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]

2020 to 2021 planned spending – legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): Not applicable

2020 to 2021 total planned spending – new and legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): $3,140,508

Expected results:

  • strengthen foundational supports for Indigenous ELCC

Indicators:

  • indicators to be co-developed with Indigenous partners

Targets:

  • targets to be co-developed with Indigenous partners

Allocation: Pan-Indigenous programming

Total new 10-year funding (dollars): $39,625,768

2020 to 2021 planned spending – new funding (dollars): $3,577,381
[Includes funding that was not spent in fiscal year 2018 to 2019 and has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]

2020 to 2021 planned spending – legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): $32,788,642
[Includes funding from Budget 2016 that has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]

2020 to 2021 total planned spending – new and legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): $36,336,023

Expected results:

  • Indigenous children and families have greater access to ELCC programs and services that are holistic, accessible, inclusive, and flexible, and culturally appropriate

Indicators:

  • indicators to be co-developed with Indigenous partners

Targets:

  • targets to be co-developed with Indigenous partners
Totals for all allocations

Total new 10-year funding (dollars): $1,705,000,000

2020 to 2021 planned spending – new funding (dollars): $142,509,662
[Includes funding that was not spent in fiscal year 2018 to 2019 and has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]

2020 to 2021 planned spending – legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): $135,934,373
[Includes funding from Budget 2016 that has been advanced to fiscal year 2020 to 2021.]

2020 to 2021 total planned spending – new and legacy/ongoing funding (dollars): $278,444,035

Total federal planned spending by department for fiscal year 2020 to 2021 (dollars)

Employment and Social Development Canada
  • New: $74,311,209
  • Legacy/ongoing: $56,648,033
Indigenous Services Canada
  • New: $62,860,508
  • Legacy/ongoing: $46,497,698
Public Health Agency of Canada
  • New: $5,337,945
  • Legacy/ongoing: $32,788,642
Total for all departments:
  • New: $142,509,662
  • Legacy/ongoing: $135,934,373
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