Community Workforce Development Program

From: Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

The Community Workforce Development Program puts communities at the heart of determining their economic futures. It is a pilot to test community-based approaches to workforce planning and skills training to support local economic development and growth.

The program encourages collaboration between employers, training providers, community organizations and others, to:

  • support community workforce planning by:
    • bringing organizations together from across industries and sectors
    • identifying high growth areas
    • finding local sources of labour to meet employer demand;
  • help jobseekers and workers develop the skills needed through training and on-the-job work experiences, and
  • support employers to fill jobs in demand

Diversity and Inclusion

With a focus on diversity and inclusion, projects will foster a workforce reflective of the community. The program will provide 75% of project funding to support the participation of the following under-represented groups:

  • Women
  • Youth
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Urban and Unaffiliated people
  • Newcomers
  • Black Canadians and other racialized individuals
  • Older workers
  • Individuals identifying as LGBTQ2+
  • Official language minority communities (OLMCs)

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