[JUNE 3rd] This morning, Federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Minister Hajdu, announced a multi-million-dollar investment to help young Canadians through expanded opportunities and enhanced formal relationships.
This catalyst funding of $6.3 million over three years sparks the creation of the Canadian Mentoring Partnership, a coalition of community-based mentoring organizations offering services across Canada. The Canadian Mentoring Partnership will ensure thousands of young people benefit from quality mentoring relationships thus helping them thrive in life, academics, and preparation for the workforce.
Existing Canadian mentoring programs such as those offered through Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, youth centres, school authorities, and community organizations, will share their expertise in order to refine programs and where necessary create new and innovative mentoring opportunities for Canadian youth. There will be a particular emphasis on ensuring that those living in rural, remote, and isolated communities benefit from increased access to supports. The funding will ensure proven strategies that have accelerated mentoring via the Alberta Mentoring Partnership and Ontario Mentoring Coalition will be accessed across Canada.