Government of Canada Announces New Support for Canadians Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Those Who Care for Them

Government of Canada Announces New Support for Canadians Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Those Who Care for Them

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New projects will promote knowledge and skills development, and increase access to resources

OAKVILLE, ON, Aug. 19, 2019 /CNW/ - One in 66 Canadian children and youth live with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) – a complex, life-long condition that presents serious challenges for those living with it, as well as their families, caregivers and communities. Today, Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, announced an array of community-based projects to assist and support individuals with ASD and those who care for them, supported by more than $3 million in funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada and an additional $1.1 million of in-kind support from partner organizations.

Projects receiving funding will:

  • support Canadians living with ASD as well as their families and caregivers to gain knowledge, skills and resources
  • help communities better address the challenges of ASD and assist those living with it.

Quotes

“It gives me great pride to announce six new initiatives to help Canadians living with autism spectrum disorder live life to the fullest. These community-based projects across the country address a broad range of issues, from mental health to sexuality to employment. These fantastic programs will support Canadians living with ASD and those who care for them – where and when they need it most.”


Pam Damoff


Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health

Quick Facts

  • ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication.
  • Approximately 1 in 66 Canadian children and youth, aged 5 to 17 years, is diagnosed with ASD. Boys are identified with ASD four times more frequently than girls.
  • The projects announced today were funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Fund.
  • Budget 2018 allocated $20 million over five years to better support the needs of Canadians living with ASD, their families, caregivers and communities. Of this overall investment, $9.1 million went towards the establishment of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategic Fund to support community-based projects that provide tangible opportunities for individuals living with ASD, their families and caregivers to gain knowledge, resources and skills.
  • In October 2018, more than $10 million was announced for the Pacific Autism Family Network and the Miriam Foundation to develop the Autism-Intellectual-Developmental Disabilities National Resource and Exchange (AIDE) Network, a national website and online resource centre for Canadians. The AIDE Network will provide online access to credible and evidence-based ASD information, as well as an inventory of services, employment opportunities and local programming across the country, in both official languages.

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Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children and Youth in Canada 2018: A Report of the National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System

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SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada

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Ensuring a bright future for our children

Ensuring a bright future for our children

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Government of Canada releases National Progress Report on Early Learning and Child Care

GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 16, 2019 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada has made significant investments to ensure all children have access to high‑quality early learning opportunities that will give them the best chance to succeed in life.

By 2020, historic investments through early learning and child care bilateral agreements with the provinces and territories will lead to the creation of up to 40,000 more, affordable child care spaces. Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, released the National Progress Report on Early Learning and Child Care for 2017–18 and announced that more than 50% of this target was achieved in the first year of the bilateral agreements.

The Government of Canada, along with provincial and territorial counterparts, committed to report annually on the progress made toward improving access to high-quality, affordable, flexible and inclusive early learning and child care. This first annual report includes a national overview of the progress made on the Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework, advancements made in the areas of data and innovation, as well as achievements to date on the bilateral agreements with provinces and territories.

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“The Government of Canada has pledged to track and report the progress made on its commitments to Canadians. In keeping with this, I am pleased to publish the first annual National Progress Report on Early Learning and Child Care to show Canadians the important strides we are making to ensure all families have access to affordable, high-quality early learning and child care opportunities for their children.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Quick Facts

  • In 2017–18, 21,205 more affordable child care spaces were created across the country.
  • The Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework was signed with the provinces and territories in June 2017.
  • The Government of Canada is providing the provinces and territories with $1.2 billion over three years through bilateral agreements. Since early learning and child care needs vary across the country, provincial and territorial governments are prioritizing programs and services that meet their particular local and regional needs.
  • To better support Canadian families, especially those in need, Budgets 2016 and 2017 announced an investment of $7.5 billion over 11 years, starting in 2017–18, to support and create more high-quality, affordable child care across the country. Of this investment:
    • up to $1.7 billion over 10 years, starting in 2018–19, will support the implementation of the Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework, which reflects the unique priorities and cultures of First Nations, Inuit and Métis and aims to strengthen early learning and child care programs and services for Indigenous children and families;
    • $95 million will go towards closing data gaps to better understand child care challenges and needs and track progress; and
    • $100 million will go towards early learning and child care innovation.

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National Progress Report on Early Learning and Child Care for 2017-18 
Multilateral Early Learning and Child Care Framework  
Indigenous Early Learning and Child Care Framework
Early Learning and Child Care Bilateral Agreements

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New advisory committee to promote well-paying careers in skilled trades for young Canadians

New advisory committee to promote well-paying careers in skilled trades for young Canadians

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DARTMOUTH, NS, Aug. 16, 2019 /CNW/ - Whether building homes, repairing vehicles, or powering our communities, people in the skilled trades provide services Canadians rely on every single day. That is why, in Budget 2019, we announced funding to help more people – including young people and underrepresented groups, like women – pursue a career in the skilled trades.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the creation of a new advisory committee to help promote apprenticeships and skilled trades across Canada.

The advisory committee currently includes the following members, with further announcements to come:

  • Mandy Rennehan, Founder and CEO of Freshco
  • Jamie McMillan, Ironworker and Founder of KickAss Careers
  • Matt Wayland, Executive Assistant to the International Vice-President and Canadian Director of Government Relations for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

The advisory committee will lay the groundwork for a national campaign to encourage apprenticeships and promote the skilled trades as a career of choice. They will lead consultations, explore partnerships, and provide advice to the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.

Canada’s skilled trades workers keep our country running and help our communities thrive. The Government of Canada has made key investments to support skilled trades workers and make sure people in underrepresented groups have the opportunities they need to enter the trades. With today’s announcement, we are building on these measures, and helping more young people pursue good, well-paying careers in the trades.

Quotes

“Canadians count on tradespeople every day. They power our industries, keep our vehicles and public transit moving, and build the places we call home. By promoting in‑demand careers in the trades, we can help more young people find good, well-paying jobs and build a stronger economy for the benefit of all Canadians.”
—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“The skilled trades offer well-paying middle class jobs but many young people never consider this as a first choice career option. A national apprenticeship campaign will encourage Canadians to enter the skilled trades, build our communities and keep the Canadian economy growing.”
—The Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

Quick Facts

  • In Budget 2019, the Government of Canada announced $6 million over two years to create a national campaign to promote skilled trades to young people.
  • Canada will need 67,000 new journeypersons to sustain our workforce in the 10 largest Red Seal trades by 2023.
  • Young women continue to be less likely than young men to express interest in a career in the skilled trades. According to an OECD survey, only 2 percent of 15-year-old female students were planning to pursue a career in the skilled trades.

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