Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 24, 2010 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Lower Mainland Youth Prepare for Jobs

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2010) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Ms. Dona Cadman, Member of Parliament for Surrey North, 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 Ms. Cadman. "By supporting this project, we are helping Lower Mainland youth develop the skills and knowledge they need to reach their full potential."

Pacific Community Resources will receive $59,972 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Bridging to Employment project, which will help 10 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. 

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.

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

Pacific Community Resources is a non-profit organization committed to community-based research, advocacy and community development that identifies service gaps and strategies to address social problems such as poverty, child abuse, mental health issues, substance abuse, violence and homelessness. Between February 1, 2010, and March 31, 2010, the organization, through its Bridging to Employment project, will help 10 youth facing employment barriers make the transition to the labour market or return to school. Each participant will take part in employability and life skills workshops, short-term employment certifications, such as First Aid and CPR, and job-preparation activities.

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