The report provides evidence that governments, by supporting the capacity of voluntary organizations in vulnerable communities, can bring about sustainable benefits to these communities and help improve the circumstances of the unemployed.
The Community Employment Innovation Project (CEIP) was introduced as a demonstration project to test an active re-employment strategy for unemployed individuals who volunteer to work on locally developed community projects in areas hit by chronic unemployment. In exchange for foregoing their Employment Insurance or Social Assistance benefits, CEIP offered participants wages to work on community projects for up to three years, giving them a significant period of stable income as well as an opportunity to gain work experience, acquire new skills, and expand their network of contacts.
In effect, the project provided communities with subsidized labour that could be put to productive use in fulfilling local needs. Indeed, communities were responsible for creating decision-making bodies and mobilizing project sponsors to develop projects that responded to these local needs.
The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the effects of CEIP on the communities that developed projects and on the unemployed who participated in these projects.
Published: November 2008
Policy Area: Community Capacity, Employment - Employment Supports and Services
Population: EI Recipients - Low-income Populations - Low-skilled Workers - Social Assistance Recipients
Type: Report, Executive summary