Employment Web site cancelled.
The only thing that is certain right now is that the site is shutting down and no one seems to want to explain why. Industry Canada and Human Resources Development Canada were the two government ministries that funded the site. Spokespeople for both departments said that the decision to shut down the Web site was a result of cuts to the 2004 budget.
The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC), another partner in the initiative, was not informed of the decision to shut down. NWAC staff learned about the closure by chance on June 8, three years after the official budget cut for the site was made. Government departments generally make fiscal plans for the next three years.
SkillsNet, a larger Web site providing job postings for the Aboriginal community, will also see its funding end as a result of the 2004 budget cuts.
The government representatives refused to comment on the rationale behind the 2004 decisions, saying only that similar services are available through the Inclusion Network Career site and through the Aboriginal Human Resources Development Council of Canada (AHRDCC). The AHRDCC still has a link to Career PLACE on its Web site, describing it as "The foremost national Aboriginal employment site, recently upgraded and now with excellent capabilities."
Repeated attempts to contact CareerPLACE administrators were unsuccessful.