Targeted Initiative for Older Workers

Targeted Initiatives for Older Workers

Age Advantage Plus is funded through Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, a joint initiative of the Government of Canada and the NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education, developed to aid unemployed older workers in communities affected by significant workforce downsizing or workplace closures through programming aimed at reintegrating them into employment.

Age Advantage Plus targets individuals ages 55-64. Its primary objective is to prepare older workers for new and immediate employment in their communities. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education works in partnership with community-based organizations to deliver Age Advantage Plus programs.

Every TIOW project requires a project sponsor. Project sponsors are organizations responsible for planning, designing, and implementing an Age Advantage Plus project, developing a project model that responds to the needs of older workers and the community.


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Priority will be given to:

  • Communities affected by closures or downsizing in traditional industries such as fishing, agriculture, forestry, textile (& apparel) and mining; or communities experiencing high rates of unemployment.
  • Areas where significant numbers of unemployed are aged 55 to 64;
  • Rural communities that do not have employment services and training facilities readily available to residents
  • Projects whose activities support community economic development strategies and activities.

The Halifax Regional Municipality is not eligible for this program, with the exception of two remote areas- Musquodoboit Valley and Sheet Harbour.

In order to be eligible to participate, older workers must:

  • be between 55-64 years of age*
  • be unemployed
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada
  • lack marketable skills, or skills needed for successful integration into new employment

* In exceptional circumstances, workers aged 50-54 and over the age of 64 may participate, but priority will be given to those aged 55-64.

Although not targeted, older workers in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits may participate in a project.

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