The Manitoba government is spending $25 million to fund 86 community-based training and employment agencies that provide services.
The investment will assist more than 20,400 unemployed and low-income Manitobans to improve their skills and employment opportunities.
Most of the community-based service providers are not-for-profit, including the Momentum Centre, which offers a community reintegration program for individuals released from an addictions treatment program at Headingley Correctional Centre to help prepare them for employment and reduce future contact with the law.
“We have been working with people who have complex barriers to employment but are hungry to learn and give back to the community,” said Dawn Rodgers, co-executive director of the Momentum Centre.
“The Momentum Community Reintegration Project is a harm reduction and pre-employment program that assists previously incarcerated individuals who struggle with addictions and need support in achieving life stabilization, education, work readiness and employment, with the goal of reducing recidivism.”
The centre is receiving $900,000.