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November 14, 2007 10:08 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth in the Greater Moncton Area Strengthen Their Skills

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2007) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, Minister responsible for New Brunswick, and Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding to help youth in Greater Moncton improve their skills and find long-term employment.

"This project is a reflection of our investment in our youth and the community of Greater Moncton," said Minister Thompson. "Ensuring youth have the skills they need to find long-term employment and succeed in the world of work is one of the most important things we can do for young people today."

Through this project, the John Howard Society of Greater Moncton Inc. will work with local youth to construct and maintain an elaborate nature trail system in the Irishtown Nature Park. During the 21-week program, the young people will gain practical on-the-job experience, improve their ability to work in teams and solve problems, and learn how to conduct a successful job search.

The Government of Canada is providing $98,552 in funding for this project through Skills Link, one of Canada's youth employment programs. The program involves employers, community organizations, and other levels of government in ensuring that young people have the opportunity to develop their skills and become contributing members of their communities.

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Backgrounder

Skills Link

The Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada programs that help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs, and stay employed. The two other programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping young people who face barriers to employment. These young people include high school drop-outs, single parents, Aboriginal youth, people with disabilities, youth in rural areas, and recent immigrants. Summer Work Experience helps secondary and post-secondary students find summer jobs. Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates develop advanced skills and find careers in their fields. All three programs provide a range of activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

Projects funded under the Skills Link program have been reviewed to ensure compliance with the Department's administration of its grants and contributions programs, and are subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.

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