Enhancing Self-Sufficiency among Women Ex-offenders – Recycling Social Enterprise in Greater Vancouver Area

Partners

Federal:
Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) and Public Safety (PS)
Community:
Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver and Greater Vancouver Regional District
Private:
Roofing Contractors Association of B.C. (RCABC), GEMACO, Tidybins, Vancity Credit Union Enterprises, and Karen McCluskey (Public Relations Consultant)

Location

Greater Vancouver, British Columbia

Duration

Focus areas

Ex-offenders; Women; Labour Market Integration

Objective

This project is testing whether offering work experience through a social enterprise enhances the self-sufficiency of low-skilled women ex-offenders and improves their reintegration into the broader community, thereby preventing homelessness and recidivism among individuals in this at risk group.

Project summary

The project will identify and select six women ex-offenders in the Greater Vancouver Area and provide them with instruction and hands-on preparation, followed by testing, on asbestos identification and handling, and tear off recycling set-up and procedure. Participants will then be provided with employment as Material Sorters within the roofing sector.

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