Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 13, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth Facing Employment Barriers in Moose Jaw

MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 13, 2009) - Today, Mr. Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced that the federal government will support Moose Jaw youth who face barriers to employment by helping them develop the skills needed to find and keep quality jobs or return to school.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that youth develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Boughen. "We are proud to help youth in the Moose Jaw area gain the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Five Hills Regional Health Authority will receive $238,242 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Transitions to Employment project, which will help 40 Moose Jaw area youth make an easier transition to work or return to school.

"The health region sincerely appreciates this ongoing support from the federal government," said Mr. Terry Hutchinson, Executive Director, Mental Health and Addictions Services, Five Hills Regional Health Authority. "This funding will help many young people make a successful transition to a job or return to school. Education is a key element to a person's future health outcome."

"Our government acknowledges and values the work of the Five Hills Health Region to assist youth with employment barriers to make the transition into employment," said Rob Norris, Advanced Education, Employment and Labour Minister. "We are pleased to partner with the Region and the Government of Canada to provide these supports. As our young people grow and prosper, so too does our province."

The federal government works 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.

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

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, call 1-800-O-Canada, visit or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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Between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010, the Five Hills Regional Health Authority, through its Transitions to Employment project, will provide client assessment and case management services as well as four intakes of group-based employability interventions for 40 Moose Jaw area Skills Link-eligible youth, in order to help them make a successful transition to the labour market or return to school.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians facing barriers to employment obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed.

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
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office