Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
With unemployment high and rising, job creation should surely be on the agenda.
The Government of Canada has a program called Job Creation Partnerships, funded under Employment Insurance.
It supports projects which “provide insured participants with opportunities to gain work experience that will lead to ongoing employment. Activities of the project help develop the community and the local economy.” (2010 EI Monitoring and Assessment Report. Annex 3.3)
Hey, there’s a great idea. Put unemployed workers to work and help them gain skills through community development projects.
But – as of November – the program had a grand total ofÂ 280 participants across Canada. (CANSIM Table 276-0001.)
That represents 0.06% of all regular EI beneficiaries, and 0.018% of the unemployed in November.
It is well known that Canada’s active labour market policy measures are, to say the least, modest.
But this is ridiculous.