Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 29, 2009 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Kitchener Prepare for Jobs

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 29, 2009) - Local youth will benefit from the Government of Canada's support of an employment project in Kitchener. Mr. Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, 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 our youth develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Woodworth. "We are pleased to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Ray of Hope Inc. will receive $240,486 in Skills Link funding to support its Youth Employment Skills at Morning Glory Cafes program. This project will help 16 youth develop life and employment skills that will help them prepare for and find meaningful employment or return to school.

"We are very appreciative of the support that the Government of Canada is providing to our Morning Glory Cafes program," said Ms. Debbie Woodhall, Director of Finance at Ray of Hope. "The federal government's partnership is vital to our being able to make the necessary investment in the lives of young people that will help them overcome some of the challenges they have had in their lives to this point. Through the nurturing experiences gained in our six-month program, youth are prepared to either return to school with purpose, or take the skills they have acquired and put them to use in a permanent employment position."

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.

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.

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.


Ray of Hope's Youth Employment Skills at Morning Glory Cafes program is dedicated to supporting youth who face barriers to employment in achieving their full potential by creating opportunities for them to gain valuable work experience and life and employability skills. Ray of Hope is a non-profit organization built upon and actively motivated by Christian faith. Since 1967, Ray of Hope has reached out to troubled youth, their families and the community with practical and effective ways of meeting their personal needs. In a holistic approach to treatment, Ray of Hope offers services in the areas of youth justice services, youth employment services, youth addiction services and community support services. Over a 52-week period between April 6, 2009, and April 5, 2010, Ray of Hope, through the Youth Employment Skills at Morning Glory Cafes program, will assist 16 youth who face barriers to employment by providing meaningful work experience that will enable them to develop and enhance their life and employability skills, and make a successful transition to work 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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

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