FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2019

The Government of Canada Invests More Than $8.4 Million Over Eight Years In S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Programs

Vancouver, BC – Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced new projects to help both newcomers as well as young Canadians. The eight year, $8.4 million investment will assist skilled newcomers as they receive foreign credential recognition, as well as young Canadians overcome challenges to finding employment in Canada. With such funding, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. programs and services will support newcomers and youth to obtain and secure well-paying jobs as part of a strategic plan by the Government of Canada to grow our economy and ensure Canada’s future resilience and global competitiveness.

The $8.4 million investment is being made through two Employment and Social Development Canada programs:

  • The Foreign Credential Recognition Program (FCRP) provides funding to provincial and territorial governments, regulatory bodies, national associations and credential assessment agencies to enhance foreign credential recognition processes. The FCRP also provides loans and support services to newcomers to help navigate foreign credential recognition processes. Finally, the FCRP offers employment support services to skilled newcomers, including to help them get their first Canadian work experience in their profession/field of study.
  • The Canada Service Corps (CSC) is Canada’s national youth service initiative. Now in its second year, the CSC provides access to service opportunities that enable youth to make a difference in their communities while gaining important life and work skills.

Quotes:

“Our success depends on everyone getting a fair chance at success—including newcomers and young Canadians. Helping them gain access to professional experience in Canada will benefit our economy and our people. Through this investment, we are making sure no untapped talent is left behind. When we give newcomers and youth a fair chance at success in Canada, our economy and our middle class grow.”
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

“We know that diversity is our strength. I am proud that our government is reducing barriers and supporting newcomers and young Canadians as they put their skills to work in communities across Canada. This is especially important for employers that are looking for talent, for attracting greater investment and for growing our economy.”

– The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality

“S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and all of its program and service recipients are grateful for the continued support from the Government of Canada. My special thanks to the Honorable Maryam Monsef and the Honourable Patty Hajdu for selecting S.U.C.C.E.S.S. as the preferred location for this announcement. We continue to strive to offer the best possible care and service to all immigrants, refugees, seniors and youth. Through continued joint efforts from the government, social service providers and the community, we are building a stronger and more resilient home for all Canadians, immigrants and refugees.”
– Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation

Please see the official announcements from the Government of Canada (in English and in French) for further details:

Photos:

For photos of the event, please visit https://bit.ly/2KURz7P.

About S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Established in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest not-for-profit social service agencies in Canada. It provides comprehensive services in settlement, language training, employment, family and youth counselling, business and economic development, seniors care, housing and community development. For more details, please visit www.success.bc.ca.

About S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation

Incorporated in 2001, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Foundation is a charitable foundation that raises funds for S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and its affiliated organizations in support of their mandate to better and enrich the community. For more details, please visit www.successfoundation.ca.

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Contact:

Braeson Holland
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister for Women and Gender Equality
343-549-8825

Véronique Simard
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
[email protected]
819-654-5611

Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
819-994-5559
[email protected]

Beau Hunter
Director, Strategic Communications and Marketing
S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
Tel: 604-408-7274
Email: [email protected]