YAAACE has partnered with the Automotive Parts Manufacturing Association of Canada (APMA) to deliver the Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Program, funded through the Skills Development Fund (Ministry of Labor). The APMA’s EDI Fund will construct pathways for historically under-represented groups such as youth, women, persons with a disability and racialized communities to enter the automotive industry. The EDI Fund will support employers and community partners in their efforts to access, train and retain meaningful employment for new hires.
The Canadian automotive sector employs 120,000 people and is the largest single contributor to this country's manufacturing GDP and represents $85 billion of annual activity in Canada. The automotive sector represents 35% per cent of all provincial exports and employ over 100,000 people, however there is an impending labour shortage because of the aging work force exacerbated the covid-19 pandemic. According to Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, by next year, 75% of businesses expect to face shortages in skilled production workers and 38% in labour.
The Corporate Civic Engagement and Corporate Capital Strategy seeks to partner with Fortune 50 and Fortune 100 corporations to introduce children and youth from marginalized and under-resourced communities to the varying dynamics of Corporate Canada. The Corporate Civic Engagement and Corporate Capital Strategy seeks to expose communities, in particular children and youth from marginalized, racialized and under-resourced communities to the pathways that will transition them from margins of society to center of hope, opportunities and possibilities.
Expectations from Corporate Canada:
Investment: How extensively and strategically the company applies its resources to community engagement including employee time and skills, cash, in-kind giving and leadership
Impact: How a company measures the social and business impact of its community engagement program.
Integration: How a company’s community engagement program supports business interests and integrates into business function.
Institutionalization: How the company supports community engagement through its institutional policies, systems, and incentives.