Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 20, 2010 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth in the Gulf Islands Explore Career Opportunities

SALT SPRING ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2010) - Local youth will have the opportunity to learn about exciting career opportunities thanks to the Government of Canada's support for an innovative online database. The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) and Member of Parliament for Saanich–Gulf Islands, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister of State Lunn. "Our government is proud to support initiatives like this one that benefit both employers and youth."

The Gulf Islands School District will receive over $35,000 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to develop the Connecting Generations database. Youth who register on the database will be able to participate in workshops led by representatives from different fields, as well as visit local businesses. This will help them explore career options and gain an understanding of the skills and experience needed in their future careers.

"We are grateful for the support provided by the Government of Canada," said Mr. Jeff Hopkins, Superintendent of the Gulf Islands School District. "This funding will enable us to bring youth together with local employers, encouraging awareness of the opportunities for youth in the Gulf Islands."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

Youth Awareness is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

The Youth Awareness program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


The Gulf Islands School District is made up of the five island communities in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia, and has eleven schools, seven of which are on Salt Spring Island. Schools in the District range in size from just over 600 students, to as few as 6 to 12 students.

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office