The purpose of the Aim for Employment Program is to offer participants financial assistance and personalized support in order to help them enter the labour market and become financially self-sufficient.
If this is the first time you are eligible for the Social Assistance Program, you must participate in the Aim for Employment Program (if you meet all the conditions for the Aim for Employment Program).
An individualized labour market entry plan will be prepared for you in order to help you enter the labour market and be financially self-sufficient.
Regardless of your situation (ready to find a job, need training or need to develop certain social skills), you will be provided with support that is adapted to your specific situation.
The labour market entry plan will take your needs and aptitudes into account, as well as the type of job being sought and labour market conditions. You will be provided with the necessary support and coaching every step of the way so that you can reach your goals.
In addition to the basic benefit, you will also receive a participation allowance for carrying out the activities in your labour market entry plan.
Depending on the activities, the participation allowance is:
- $165 a month ($38 a week) for active job search activities
- $260 a month ($60 a week) for skills development activities. The amount is $390 a month ($90 a week) for single-parent families
- $165 a month ($38 a week) for activities related to the development of social skills
Certain fees you must pay while you are carrying out your labour market entry plan can also be reimbursed, including childcare, transportation and tuition.
The basic benefit is the maximum amount for which you can qualify. The amount varies depending on your situation. Benefits are increased (indexed) on January 1 every year.
The following changes will also take effect over 2019.
January 1, 2019
- Increase in the adjustment to the basic benefit, from $15 to $25 a month
- Introduction of an exclusion of $100 a month for cash gifts received by participants in the program.
September 1, 2019
As of this date, it will be possible to consider an adult child who is enrolled in secondary studies (general education stream) and is still dependent on parents who are taking part in the Aim for Employment Program to be an independent adult.
Labour Market Entry Plan
An employment-assistance officer will start by assessing your situation and identifying the main obstacles preventing you from entering the labour market. After the assessment, the employment-assistance officer will prepare an individualized labour market entry plan taking into account your situation, the type of job being sought and labour market conditions.
- If you can quickly enter the labour market, you will be given access to activities to help with your job search.
- If you need to develop your skills before entering the labour market, you will be provided with the opportunity to participate in training or obtain work experience.
- If you need to deal with difficulties related to life situations or personal problems before beginning to work, you will be given access to activities that will help you develop your social skills.
Duration of participation
Participation in the Aim for Employment Program is a total of 12 months.
If you agree, your participation can be extended for up to 12 additional months to allow you to complete an activity provided under your labour market entry plan. Participation is possible for a maximum of 24 months.
Failure to fulfil an obligation without a valid reason
The Aim for Employment Program has penalties that may be applied if you fail to carry out an obligation in your labour market entry plan. The penalties are moderate and are applied gradually.
The purpose of the Aim for Employment Program is to provide you with support in order to help you permanently enter the labour market.
Last update: April 16, 2020