Item - 2013.ED24.4

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 8, 2013 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by Economic Development Committee on September 17, 2013 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on October 8, 2013.

ED24.4 - Changes in Federal Requirements for the Toronto Youth Job Corps Program

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to comply with the Call for Proposal process for the Toronto Youth Job Corps program.

 

2.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to ensure the continued effectiveness of the Toronto Youth Job Corps program model.

 

3.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to inform Council of any change in support for 2014 and the implications for high risk Toronto youth.

 

4.         City Council request Mayor Ford to write to the Minister of Employment and Social Development to express concern that recent changes to the funding of Skills Link Program do not adequately ensure that youth most distant from the labour market receive the life skills supports they need to prepare for and maintain employment.

 

5.         City Council direct the appropriate City Officials to take the necessary action to give effect to Council's decision.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 3, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Changes in Federal Requirements for the Toronto Youth Job Corps Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-61289.pdf

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Oct-08-2013 7:46 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - ED24.4 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 3 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Norman Kelly, Gloria Lindsay Luby

ED24.4 - Changes in Federal Requirements for the Toronto Youth Job Corps Program

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Economic Development Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to comply with the Call for Proposal process for the Toronto Youth Job Corps program.

 

2.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to ensure the continued effectiveness of the Toronto Youth Job Corps program model.

 

3.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to inform Council of any change in support for 2014 and the implications for high risk Toronto youth.

 

4.         City Council request Mayor Ford to write to the Minister of Employment and Social Development to express concern that recent changes to the funding of Skills Link Program do not adequately ensure that youth most distant from the labour market receive the life skills supports they need to prepare for and maintain employment.

 

5.         City Council direct the appropriate City Officials to take the necessary action to give effect thereto.

 

Origin

(September 3, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration

Summary

This report advises Council of changes in federal government requirements for the Toronto Youth Job Corps (TYJC) program and associated risks to the program. TYJC is administered by the City of Toronto and delivered by three community agencies selected through an open request for proposals process: JVS Toronto, St. Christopher House, and West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre.

 

TYJC provides pre-employment support, structured employment training, employer placement and follow up supports for those youth most distant from the labour market.  TYJC was initiated in 1983 and has been reviewed and updated to meet both changing youth needs and funding requirements.  In the 2011-2013 contract period, TYJC exceeded federal targets for participation measures, including achieving positive outcomes (education/training or employment obtained) for 359 youth participants.

 

Contract renewals have occurred on an annual basis with the Government of Canada over the 30 year history of TYJC. However, for the next contract period, Employment and Social Development Canada have advised staff that the City will be required to apply through a Call for Proposal (CFP) process under the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) Skills Link Program. The CFP was released on August 30, 2013 and will close 30 days later. It includes a requirement for a funding formula stipulating that 60 percent of the budget be directed to youth stipends and a maximum of 40 percent be directed to program supports.  These requirements have the potential to render the TYJC program unable to address the needs of the high risk youth it was designed to assist.

Background Information

(September 3, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Changes in Federal Requirements for the Toronto Youth Job Corps Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ed/bgrd/backgroundfile-61289.pdf

Speakers

Donovan Minott, Program Co-ordinator, Toronto Youth Job Corp - West Scarborough
Nicole Graham, Job Corps
Miguel Iraheta, Toronto Youth Job Corporation
David Morales
Jermaine Williams, St. Christopher House

Motions

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That City Council request Mayor Ford to write to the Minister of Employment and Social Development to express concern that recent changes to the funding of Skills Link Program do not adequately ensure that youth most distant from the labour market receive the life skills supports they need to prepare for and maintain employment.


2 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council