May 2021 News Bulletin
Do you ever feel stuck? Do you feel like you've been moving in a direction that just isn't right for you? Are you ready to try something new? 

In Motion & Momentum+ is a new program from the Canadian Career Development Foundation and the YMCA of Western Newfoundland that's about helping you to move in a way that feels good, tap into your full potential and create the life you want to live. 

The program has 3 parts: 

In Motion 
  • Focus on who you are - your strengths and skills
  • Take charge and create a vision for your future

  • Continue to build on your vision for the future and take steps to make it a reality
  • Contribute in meaningful ways to your community in collaboration with others

  • Continue to build momentum towards achieving your goals
  • Move from planning the life you want to start to live it

They are now taking referrals from community organizations that may have clients who would benefit from attending this program. The program runs for 13 weeks from May 19th, 2021 until August 10th, 2021.

The deadline for referrals is May 5th, 2021. 

For more information please contact
Adam Power
Pronouns: He/Him
IM&M+ Facilitator
John Howard Society of Newfoundland and Labrador
342 Pennywell Road
St. John’s, NL A1E 1V9
Tel: 709-726-1184
Fax: 709-726-5509
Students getting to work with enhanced employment programs
Immigration, Population Growth and Skills
April 13, 2021

The Provincial Government is calling for applications from employers to get students working with enhanced employment programs that prepare them to enter the workforce and assist businesses to operate more affordably.
In response to the unique challenges created by COVID-19, 2021 programs include greater support and broader eligibility options:
  • Increased Funding - to over $3.7 million from $2.1 million in 2020 – a one-time increase through the federally funded Workforce Development Agreement.

  • Increased wage subsidies - private sector employers will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 75 percent of the actual hourly wage (up to a maximum subsidy of $12.50 per hour).

  • Consideration for part-time employment - Due to COVID-19, part-time employment will be considered. Under regular rules, all summer employment must be full-time (minimum of 25 hours per week).

Media contact
Ryan Crocker
Immigration, Population Growth and Skills
Calling all ocean innovators!

The Ocean Startup Challenge 2.0 applications are now open! The Ocean Startup Project will be providing up to $1.4 million in funding to ocean-tech ventures along with business support, mentorship, and the skills and tools needed to succeed. The Challenge will have three streams of funding: Idea (up to $25K), Growth (up to $100K), and Oceanshot (up to $200K). Up to three additional awards will be issued for: Women Entrepreneurs; Indigenous Founders; and Impact (a startup dedicated to technology for ocean sustainability).

If you are interested in learning more about the Ocean Startup Challenge, check out the link below!
G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance
Supporting International Opportunities for Canada’s Young Entrepreneurs

This year, Futurpreneur is looking for 45 of the best and brightest young entrepreneurs to be part of the Canadian delegation to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA) virtual Summit, on October 5-8, an important opportunity for young entrepreneurs to become part of a network of champions for youth entrepreneurship, advising on issues of importance, and to advance their businesses by making international connections and exploring international growth.
As COVID-19 continues to impact our lives, the summit will take place remotely with the possibility of a small-scale in-person gathering in Rome and Milan, Italy (the G20 2020 host). Furthermore, Futurpreneur Canada is hosting its own interactive event for the Canadian delegation, offering a robust agenda filled with networking and trade opportunities. Delegates from across the country will be able to meet in person and participate in a variety of business-building, policy-making and networking activities with government officials, international trade organizations, consular trade representatives and business associations from G20 countries, and Trade Commissioner Services.
The application period is now open, and we are asking you to help us spread the word. Please note that, while candidates have to be between 18 and 39 years old, they do not have to be affiliated with Futurpreneur Canada. For more information, eligibility criteria and the link to the application forms, please click here:
Forestry researchers and practitioners share latest activities
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
April 7, 2021

Participants in a recent forestry knowledge-sharing event heard about everything from bio-economy and ecosystem mapping to silviculture and logging roads.

The free, online session, organized by the Canadian Forest Service and Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, brought together academics, government researchers, industry representatives and practitioners in the forest economy.

"Innovation and research are crucial to modernizing the forestry sector and responding to the pressing climate change and sustainable forest management challenges of today," said Karishma Boroowa, director, Atlantic Forestry Centre. "For these reasons, knowledge-sharing events such as these are important for collective learning and identifying opportunities to advance the development of our sector."

A presentation by Bill Dawson, Newfoundland and Labrador Forest Industry Association, and Stephen Decker, a professor with the School of Science and the Environment, focusing on the opportunities and challenges they've met with respect to forest-based bio-economy development on the island.

"Forest-based Bio-economy Development in Newfoundland" is a research project led by NL Forest Industry Association and funded by the NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC).
Job creation partnerships to feature increased living allowance
Immigration, Population Growth and Skills 
April 9, 2021

The Provincial Government is calling for applications to an enhanced Job Creation Partnerships program.
New this year are increased living allowances for participants:
  • Supervisory, coordinator or equivalently skilled positions - $595 weekly, up from $524 (examples include Project Supervisor Qualified Carpenter, or Program Manager);

  • Moderately skilled positions - $540 weekly, up from $497 (examples include Museum Interpreter, Administrator or Program Coordinator); and,

  • Labourer or equivalently skilled positions - $510 weekly, up from $477 (examples include Labourer, Office Clerk, or Maintenance Worker).
Job Creation Partnerships support not-for-profit projects that enable workers to gain skills and experience that help them secure ongoing employment. Supported by the Labour Market Development Agreement, approved projects must benefit participants as well as their communities.
Employers are invited to apply online at Job Creation Partnerships - Immigration, Population Growth and Skills. Approvals will begin in late April and progress on a continuous basis, subject to funding availability. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2021.

Media contact
Ryan Crocker
Immigration, Population Growth and Skills

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Launching this week, Dr. Susan Black, CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, and Rob Davis, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer at KPMG in Canada, talk to us about the pace of change for women’s representation and opportunities to increase diversity in Canadian boardrooms.
The NL Workforce Innovation Centre (NLWIC) has a provincial mandate to provide a coordinated, central point of access to engage all labour market stakeholders about challenges, opportunities and best practices in workforce development. 

The Centre’s goal is to promote and support the research, testing and sharing of ideas and models of innovation in workforce development that will positively impact employability, employment, and entrepreneurship within the province’s labour market and particularly underrepresented groups. Funding for NLWIC is provided by the Department of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills (IPGS) under the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Labour Market Development Agreement.