Closing employment gap for Indigenous youth key to addressing labour shortage: study

Closing the employment gap for Indigenous youth in Atlantic Canada is key to easing the region’s acute labour shortage, new research released Thursday said.

The Atlantic Provinces Economic Council said employment outcomes for the region’s growing Indigenous youth population have improved in recent years, but still lag non-Indigenous youth.

The research found Indigenous youth under age 25 face a number of barriers in the labour market, including lower educational attainment and a lack of resources such as transportation.

Increasing funding for Indigenous youth training, skills development and entrepreneurship would help improve labour market outcomes of Indigenous youth, the report said.

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Source: Global News CA

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