Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 26, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Duncan Youth Prepare for Jobs

DUNCAN, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 26, 2010) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo–Alberni, 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 youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Lunney. "By supporting this project, we are helping Duncan youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Community Options Society will receive $161,132 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Life Skills to Employment program, which will help 24 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. 

"We are very pleased to be able to once again provide this program to Cowichan Valley youth," said Ms. Cheryl Stone, Executive Director, Community Options Society. "Past projects have had excellent results, providing participants with the confidence and skills necessary to take the next steps toward employment. The funding for this program is timely in the Cowichan Valley, with new growth bringing an increase in employment opportunities."

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 get jobs and contribute to their communities.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

Skills Link 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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

The Skills Link 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 www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

Founded in 1973, Community Options Society is a not-for-profit organization offering support services to youth, their families and young parents. The organization provides free counselling, mediation services, independent living support, parenting courses and support groups. Between April 5, 2010, and December 17, 2010, Community Options Society, through its Life Skills to Employment program, will help 24 youth facing barriers to employment gain the skills and information they need to make the transition to the labour market or return to school. Participants will take part in workshops focusing on such topics as problem solving, goal setting, teamwork, and résumé writing.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an individual's specific needs. The program supports youth in developing basic and advanced employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years of age—who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits—are assisted through a coordinated approach, offering longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559