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  1. The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, will participate in a virtual discussion hosted by Mitacs on Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience.
  2. The Minister of Labour, Filomena Tassi, issued the following statement for Mental Health Week.
  3. Budget 2021 is the Government of Canada’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust economic recovery that is inclusive of all Canadians.
  4. Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is part of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people—particularly those facing barriers to employment—get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market. CSJ is delivered by Employment and Social Development Canada.
  5. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the everyday lives of Canadians, particularly young people who are facing unprecedented challenges, with fewer jobs, disruptions in their studies and overall uncertainty of the future.
  6. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is now accepting applications for the 2021 Chad Bradley Scholarship Award.
  7. The Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, and the Minister of National Revenue, Diane Lebouthillier, today issued the following statement in response to the Auditor General’s report on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB):
  8. The Government of Canada will respond to the first reports related to COVID‑19 and the report on Investing in Canada Plan from the Auditor General of Canada.
  9. The Government of Canada continues to help and support Canadian families and workers struggling to make ends meet because of the COVID 19 pandemic. Over the past year, this support has included the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, three recovery benefits and a more flexible and accessible Employment Insurance (EI) program.
  10. New Dawn to forge connections between Cape Breton University students, communities, businesses
  11. Canada’s economic recovery depends on young people being able to get good, well-paying jobs now and into the future. On International Women’s Day, we recognize that women have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, facing job losses and shouldering the burden of unpaid care work at home. Taking steps to include young women in Canada’s recovery and working to create a stronger, fairer and more inclusive country will continue to be important.
  12. The YESS is a Government of Canada initiative delivered in collaboration with 11 federal departments and agencies, including Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Through the YESS, the Government of Canada helps young people, 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. ESDC’s YESS program supports organizations that provide job placements and skills development services to young people, as well as a broad range of supports such as job coaching, mental health support, clothes for job interviews, day care services for parents and subsidized Internet access to help with job searches.
  13. Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced that the Government of Canada has provided wage support for up to 32,000 research staff whose salaries were adversely affected by COVID-19, and who were not eligible for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
  14. Youth Employment and Skills Strategy (YESS)
  15. As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important to recognize the important contributions that Black communities have made and continue to make to building this country. It is equally important to acknowledge the barriers and challenges that Black communities face. That is why the Government of Canada will continue to take action to support Black youth, ensuring that all Canadians have an equal opportunity to achieve meaningful success through quality skills training and work placements.
  16. Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions invites media representatives to a chat during which the discussion will focus on issues, challenges and opportunities around regional economic development in a post-pandemic context. On this occasion, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CED, will converse with Monique Leroux, Chair of the Industry Strategy Council of Canada; Véronique Proulx, President and CEO of Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec; and Charles Milliard, President and CEO of the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec, on their vision and actions to be taken in the context of Quebec’s economic recovery.
  17. The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious call to action. Its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure all people are able to live in peace and prosperity. This shared responsibility calls for closer cooperation between governments, civil society, and the private sector.
  18. The 2030 Agenda is a shared responsibility that requires a whole‑of‑government and whole‑of‑society effort. Meaningful multi‑stakeholder partnerships are fundamental to achieving the goals. Recognizing this, Moving Forward Together – Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy aims to create and foster an enabling environment for ongoing participation, dialogue, and whole-of-society collaboration to help advance progress on the 17 SDGs.
  19. Canada’s economic recovery depends on young people being able to get good, well-paying jobs in the future. That is why the Government of Canada is continuing to take strong action to ensure that young Canadians have the supports they need to move forward from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully plan for their careers.