NEWS December 3, 2015
Ontario is partnering with leading financial institutions to create a fund aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people facing employment barriers.
The Community Loans Fund, part of Ontario's Accessibility Action Plan, will provide discounted rates on financial products, such as loans, to businesses that commit to hiring people facing barriers such as people with disabilities, long-term unemployed, older unemployed, newcomers to Canada and unemployed Indigenous persons. The province is partnering with Alterna Savings, Libro Credit Union, First Ontario Credit Union and Meridian to deliver this fund.
The two-year, $4 million fund will:
The Community Loans Fund will be available in spring 2016 in specific branches in pilot locations including London, Ottawa and Hamilton.
Creating employment opportunities for people facing employment barriers is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure retirement savings plan.
"This pilot is a win-win scenario. It will help disadvantaged job seekers find opportunities for meaningful employment and connect small businesses with attractive financing terms and motivated employees. Together, we can create a culture of inclusion in our workplaces and a next generation economy for our province."
- Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
"We are excited to work with the Ontario government to take our existing Community Loan Program to the next level, working closely with both financial institutions and community partners. We view this as an important step to expand the use of community employment practices by Canadian business owners, helping to facilitate employment access to countless job seekers who face added obstacles in finding work. We believe this is a prime example of how social finance can be leveraged to engage the private sector and generate solutions."
- Bill Young, CEO and Founder, Social Capital Partners
" Libro Credit Union is passionate to collaborate with groups who are working to build the economy and grow prosperity for southwestern Ontario. Credit unions were founded on the social purpose of neighbour helping neighbour. Participating in this program allows local communities to build stronger businesses and it assists those with employment barriers to enjoy new opportunities to achieve success. We can do so much more together than we can individually on our own and we are excited to be a vested partner and collaborator."
- Steve Bolton, President and CEO, Libro Credit Union
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