DEVELOP PARTICIPANTS’ KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO SUPPORT THEIR SOCIAL AND OCCUPATIONAL INTEGRATION AND BREAK THE SPIRAL OF EXCLUSION, POVERTY, AND SOCIAL AND GENDER INEQUALITY.
A team of professionals specialized in career counselling, training, employability, and psychosocial counselling accompanies and guides them in their journey back to work or school.
- Signing of a new funding agreement with Emploi-Québec, thereby ensuring program continuity
- Completion of Fringues & Cie program restructuring; restructuring of Mothers Work Integration Program now underway. As a result of the restructuring we have been able to improve our operations and our participants’ skills acquisition.
- A social worker has joined our team to better meet the needs of participants coping with multiple barriers with respect to finding a job; providing psychosocial counselling to women who request it.
- We provided art therapy sessions to Mothers Work Integration participants as a way for them to unwind and recharge their batteries.
- We implemented new recruiting strategies targeting participants to ensure a greater impact and meet Emploi-Québec’s recruitment criteria.
WHO ARE THEY?
56% of participants in the Fringues & Cie Workforce Integration program were receiving social assistance; 54% of OSE participants received either employment insurance or social assistance. 86% of Mothers Work Integration participants were receiving social assistance.
A large majority of participants are of immigrant origins (72% for OSE and Fringues & Cie; 67% for Mothers Work Integration). With regard to OSE and Mothers Work Integration, 80% of these women have lived in Montréal for over 4 years, while 61% of Fringues & Cie participants have lived here for less than 4 years.
Among OSE participants, 50% of the women held a university degree. 82% of Mothers Work Integration participants were single parents.
#SUCCESSFUL JOB INTEGRATION
In 2015-2016, 70% of participants in our three employability programs found work immediately following completion of the program.
45% of women in Montreal who have an income, earn less than $20,000 a year.1 The five most common occupations for women, both in Montreal and the rest of Quebec, are administrative assistant, retail salesperson, cashier, child care educator, and nurse.2
The job situation in Montreal is worse than in Quebec as a whole. In 2011, the employment rate for women stood at 53.2% compared to 61.3% for men, while for immigrant women, the rate is 46.2%.3
In 2011, the employment revenue for women working full time was equivalent to 75.3% of that of men, compared to 79.4% in 2000.3 For immigrant women, the figure is 66%.4
1 Conseil du statut de la femme, Portrait statistique. Égalité hommes-femmes. Montréal, par Lorraine Rochon, 2015. P. 50
2 Ibid, p. 29
3 Ibid., p. 28
4 Conseil du statut de la femme, Portrait des Québécoises en 8 temps, 2015, p.17