The unemployment rate in our province increased two-tenths of a point last month, to 5.2 per cent.

Statistics Canada reports 400 fewer people were working in Manitoba in April. At that same time, an additional 500 people were looking for work.

Across Canada, the economy added a record 106, 500 jobs in April and the unemployment rate edged down to 5.7 per cent compared with a 5.8 per cent in March.

In Portage la Prairie the Industry, Training, and Employment Services located at 1016 E Saskatchewan Avenue East offers an array of services and programs that can help you find employment.  Services and programs at the centre include one on one counselling, financial support through the Wage Subsidy Program, an array of training within the Skills Development Program, a Self Employment Program, and an apprenticeship program.

Services Available to All Manitobans

  • Employment needs assessment, career/employment counselling & planning  
  • Information on job search, career planning, and training
  • Manitoba labor market information
  • Resume and cover letter assistance
  • Free faxing/photocopying of resumes and other employment-related documents
  • Computer access for resume/cover letter writing and job search
  • Job Referral Service and Job Bank assistance
  • Information on/referrals for Essential Skills assessment
  • Information on/referral to community resources


Other projects in Portage la Prairie the Industry, Training, and Employment Services has helped create include Project S.O.A.R through S.A.M. Inc., To use this programs you must be unemployed, about to be laid off, of low income, low skilled, or underemployed. Employment Assistance Service Program through the Portage Learning and Literacy Centre that is available to all Manitobans.  

This summer the Industry, Training, and Employment Services will have a Manitoba Youth Job Service Centre. It opens up May 13th, 2019. It is a community-based summer employment referral service! The centre provides students and youth information on education, career development, labour regulation, workplace health and safety, as well as resume preparation, interview skills, and job searching skills.

You can head down to the Industry, Training, and Employment Services to learn more about what they can do to help you find work in our community. Another Centre is located in Morden.