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August 08, 2008 10:15 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth in the Waterloo Area Get Skills That Lead to Good Jobs

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2008) - Young people from the Waterloo area struggling with barriers to employment will receive assistance to develop the skills they need to find and keep quality jobs in the construction trades. This project, supported by the Government of Canada and Lutherwood, was announced by Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Albrecht. "Our partnership with Lutherwood will help local youth get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to take advantage of the construction job market, and will help local employers deal with labour shortages."

Sixteen local young people will become more employable through a combination of hands-on work experience and workshops on topics including goal-setting, job-search techniques, first aid, and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training.

"As a result of the Compass Homebuilding Partnership Program, stakeholders have the opportunity to work in partnership and collaboration to lay the foundation for a high-quality Canadian work force that remains current and productive in an evolving workplace," said Cathy Harrington, Director of Employment Development Services at Lutherwood.

Lutherwood is a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of children's mental health programs, employment programs, and seniors' retirement services. It serves more than 16,000 people every year in the Waterloo region and Wellington County. For more information, please visit

Service Canada is committing $332,218 to this project through Skills Link, one of Canada's youth employment programs. The Skills Link program involves employers, community organizations, and other levels of government, all working together to provide young people with the opportunity to develop their skills and become contributing members of their communities.

The Government has taken steps to address skills shortages and promote the trades as a quality career option by funding skills-related projects and creating the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant, a taxable cash grant of $1,000 a year that is available to registered apprentices in the first two years of a Red Seal trade program.

This project reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through its Advantage Canada plan, the Government is not only focusing on developing work-force skills, but is also building on Canada's strengths and gaining a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, building modern infrastructure, and eliminating the debt.

Service Canada brings Government of Canada services and benefits together in a single delivery network. It provides Canadians with one-stop service they can access however they choose-by phone at 1 800 O-Canada, on the Internet at, or in person at Service Canada Centres across the country.


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, young 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.

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