03 2015

Helping The Next Generation of Canada’s Workforce Step Into its Future for a Day

November 3rd 2015
The Learning Partnership’s Take Our Kids to Work™ day  connects students with the world of work

November 3, 2015 – Toronto, ON – On November 4, workplaces across Canada will welcome potential future employees, as part of The Learning Partnership’s Take Our Kids to Work™ day. Grade 9 students in every province and territory will have the chance to get a head-start on their careers through a day of job shadowing and other exciting activities. 

Since it began in 1994, Take Our Kids to Work™ day has been supported by Scotiabank. Today it is a national program with more than 250,000 students, 18,000 teachers and 75,000 organizations taking part every year. Participating students experience the working world alongside a parent, family friend or volunteer. For many, this will be their first glimpse into life after school. Students will explore career options, discover their interests, and experience what they’ve learned in school in a real-life context.
Once again, The Learning Partnership will have a job shadowing initiative, where select students spend a ‘day in the life’ of someone in a high profile role in various sectors across Canada. This year some notable examples include:
  • His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D. – Governor General of Canada
  • The Honourable Brian Gallant, M.L.A. – Premier of New Brunswick
  • Her Honour the Honourable Judith Guichon – Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • The Honourable Mike Bernier, M.L.A. – Minister of Education of British Columbia
  • The Honourable Liz Sandals, M.P.P. – Minister of Education of Ontario
  • The Honourable Francois Blais, M.N.A. – Minister of Education of Quebec
  • His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable John James Grant C.M.M., O.N.S., C.D. (Ret'd) – Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
  • The Honourable David Laxton, M.L.A. – Speaker of the Yukon Legislative Assembly
  • The Honourable Doug Phillips – Commissioner of Yukon
  • Dr. Denis Daneman, MB, BCh, FRCP(C) – Chief of Paediatrics, SickKids Hospital
  • Mark Childs – Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Electronics Canada
  • Jacquie Ryan – Vice President, Sponsorship Marketing, Scotiabank
The Learning Partnership would like to hear from you about how you are participating in Take Our Kids to Work day, whether you are an employer hosting young visitors or students visiting a workplace. Share your story on social media using the hashtag #KidsToWork.
Quick Facts:
  • Take Our Kids to Work™ day falls on the first Wednesday in November every year.
  • This year it is on November 4.
  • Take Our Kids to Work™ was founded by The Learning Partnership in 1994 as a Greater Toronto Area of Ontario initiative and became a national event in 1998.
  • More than 250,000 students, 18,000 teachers and 75,000 organizations participate each year, spanning every province and territory in Canada.
“Our Take Our Kids to Work™ program  has grown enormously over the years and Scotiabank has supported it since the very beginning. This program has provided millions of students with an introductory look into their future. Students who participated in Take Our Kids to Work are exploring career options earlier in school and Canadian businesses, like Scotiabank, are ready and willing to help them.”
— Akela Peoples
President and CEO, The Learning Partnership
“Scotiabank relies on highly skilled and educated talent and that’s why we have been a proud sponsor of Take Our Kids to Work™ day since it began in 1994. We know that young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank’s goal is to ensure that they have the opportunity to gain the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success in the workplace. This program offers students a chance to experience the world of work and explore skills they will need for future careers in action. We are excited to welcome this year’s group of bright young students.”
— Linda White
Vice President, Global Performance & Learning, Scotiabank
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About The Learning Partnership
The Learning Partnership is a national charity dedicated to building stakeholder partnerships to support, promote and advance publicly funded education in Canada. We do this through five key deliverables - innovative student programs, executive leadership for educators, knowledge mobilization and policy, tribute celebrations of excellence and ongoing collaborations across Canada. Since 1993, more than 6.1 million students have participated in The Learning Partnership's programs. For more information on The Learning Partnership, visit
About Scotiabank
Through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank and its employees support causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has contributed on average $55 million annually over the last five years to community causes around the world. Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and parts of Asia. We are dedicated to helping our 21 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 87,000 employees and assets of $863 billion (as at July 31, 2015), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). Scotiabank distributes the Bank’s media releases using Marketwired. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankNews.
Media Contacts:
For The Learning Partnership 
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For Scotiabank
Kate Simandl