Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW)

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers (TIOW) provides employment assistance services and employability improvement activities, such as skills upgrading and work experience, to assist unemployed workers aged 55 to 64 with their return to work.

How it works

TIOW is a federal-provincial/territorial cost-shared initiative.

Provinces and territories are responsible for the design and delivery of projects aimed at unemployed older workers in cities and towns that:

  • have a population of 250,000 or less; and
  • are experiencing ongoing high unemployment; and/or
  • have a high reliance on a single industry affected by downsizing or closures.

To be eligible, participants must:

  • be aged 55 to 64*;
  • be unemployed;
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • require new or enhanced skills to successfully transition into new employment; and
  • live in an eligible community

* In some circumstances, unemployed workers aged 50 to 54 or 65 and over may also participate.

The Targeted Initiative for Older Workers is offered by approved organizations that are located in vulnerable communities. This unique program is offered at the Employment Options site in Kapuskasing. For further information, contact Adèle Bordeleau, Job Developer, at 705-337-6679 or by email.