Société de développement social (SDS), the only social stockbroker in North America, is proud to announce, on April 16th, at the Quartier de l'innovation offices, the launch of a network of interactive job-search terminals set up at 10 Montreal organizations that assist people who are vulnerable, at risk, or homeless.
In 2016, SDS launched Destination Emploi, the first job platform specifically aimed at people who live far from the job market. In just 18 months, 500 people have gotten jobs, resulting in the equivalent of a combined $600,000 in wages. This platform was set up thanks in particular to the financial support of Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine.
By setting up these interactive terminals at Montreal organizations that serve vulnerable individuals, SDS hopes to reach even more job seekers to give them a better chance to find the right kinds of jobs for them on the Destination Emploi platform. The long term objective is to roll out a network of terminals in as many organizations as possible to help as many applicants as possible to get back into the job market, one step at a time.
Here is a list of the first organizations slated to receive an interactive terminal: Portage, Mouvement pour l’Intégration et la Rétention en Emploi (MIRE), Accueil Bonneau, Le Sac à Dos, La Maison du père, Mission Old Brewery, Mission Bon Accueil, CACTUS Montréal, YMCA-La Boussole and Maison Benoît Labre.
Installation of these first terminals was made possible thanks to the support of Quartier de l’innovation, the Rotary Club de Montréal, and the Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary. SDS hopes to quickly enlist new partners to continue expanding the network and setting up new terminals.
- More than 50,000 people, or 2.5% of the la population, received social assistance without employment constraints in Montreal in 2017. These people are removed from the job market for various reasons, such as homelessness, addiction, mental health problems, social isolation, stigmatization, etc., which makes looking for a job a long, complex process .
- Since its creation in 2008, SDS has acted as an intermediary between employers looking for workers and social partners that assist eligible applicants located far from the job market. In 10 years, nearly 1,500 employment contracts have been offered to disadvantaged people in Montreal.
"The City of Montreal is proud to support the Destination Emploi interactive terminals initiative, a tool that will enable people in vulnerable situations to find suitable employment. This approach perfectly fits with the objectives of the City's 2018-2020 Homelessness Action Plan, and will have major social and economic benefits."
Benoit Dorais, Executive Committee president, and Sud-Ouest borough mayor
"These interactive job-search terminals are the result of the many efforts SDS has made since its inception to connect potential employers and community organizations in Montreal. We’re convinced that employment is one of the answers to the problems of homelessness and social exclusion experienced by thousands of Montrealers, but to make a difference we must be able to reach them and show them that finding a suitable job is possible. And that’s exactly what these terminals will help us do."
Stéphanie Gareau, Chair of the Board of Directors, Société de développement social
"Employment is a key factor in the social reintegration of vulnerable people. Beyond mitigating financial concerns, it helps give people a sense of hope and security for the future. These interactive terminals will make it easier for people to get back into the job market by enabling them to access job offers, while staying connected to the community organizations involved."
Sylvain Montpetit, Director, Portage Social Reintegration Program
"This network of interactive terminals is proof that social innovation is a cornerstone of the city’s development, and that it can include the most disadvantaged. The Quartier de l'innovation team’s mission is to promote collaboration to create positive impacts on society. Partnering up with SDS was natural fit for us. We are proud to be a part of this project."
Damien Silès, Executive Director, Quartier de l’innovation
"The continued collaboration with SDS has been very positive for our organization. The support SDS provides through its Destination Emploi program has allowed us to offer certain people a chance to get back into the workplace. SDS has adapted to meet our needs throughout our successful partnership and we are grateful."
Alain Gignac, General Manager of the Society for the Celebration of Montréal's 375th Anniversary