In the past, CCA has offered the Linkages Employment Program for youth ages 18-30. Funded by the former Department of Advanced Education Skills and Labour (AESL), the program helped youth pursue their employment and career goals.

Linkages was 26 weeks in duration and provided a wage subsidy to employers for a work placement of at least 36 hours a week. The youth also participated in professional and personal development workshops one day per month.

Professional development topics included Job Search Skills, Portfolio Development, Goal Setting and Labour Standards. Training included First Aid Certificate and Workplace Health and Safety. The program also supported post-secondary school tours.

Microbusiness Program

From 2010-2013, CCA partnered with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Co-operatives to pilot a micro-business development program. This initiative was funded by Innovation Trade and Rural Development through the poverty reduction strategy. It’s aim was helping individuals living on low income to overcome barriers to establishing a “micro” or home-based business.

The program provided clients with access to training and skills development opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial and business skills. It provided clients with access to business credit to invest in their micro-enterprises and generate increased personal income from operations.

Over the course of this program, 44 clients moved into and out of MBDP as their personal situations dictated. They accessed 26 micro-loans totalling $72,300 and participated in over 85 entrepreneurial training, business, and marketing workshops and events.

These micro-enterprises covered a wide range of business services and presented an interesting mix of aspiring entrepreneurs. They included carpentry, apothecary services, website and software development, martial arts training, baking services, production of granite countertops and monuments, photographic services, clothing and jewelry sales, aesthetic services, hair styling, pet grooming, mobile spa services, rug hooking, and arts and craft production and sales.

Quidi Vidi Picnics

Quidi Vidi Picnics was a social enterprise and partnership between CCA and the Epicurean Kitchen in the summer of 2009.

The program gave youth the opportunity to gain work experience by helping to operate the business over the summer out of a city-owned kiosk on the Boulevard side of Quidi Vidi lake.

Same Page Community Newspaper

Same Page was a community newspaper with the mission of raising up our communities and sharing their stories. Each issue contained a mixture of insightful and inspirational articles.

It told the stories of the people and the many vital programs in our neighbourhoods, stories about the partnerships that make these programs possible, as well as news and interviews usually not included in mainstream media.