Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 15, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Southwestern Manitoba Gain Employment Skills

SOURIS, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 15, 2009) - Young people in southwestern Manitoba will develop the skills they need to find and keep quality jobs through a project supported by the Government of Canada. Mr. Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, 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 all Canadians develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Tweed. "By supporting this project, we are helping young people in Brandon-Souris develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Southwest Horizon School Division's Mentorship Program will receive $77,898 through the Government of Canada's Skills Link program, which will help nine youth prepare for and find meaningful employment or return to school. The project consists of a combination of work experience and 10 mandatory workshops on topics such as resume writing, interview skills, mock interviews and feedback, and goal setting.

"The Southwest Horizon School Division is pleased to partner with the Government of Canada and the Brandon Regional Health Authority to help young people in southwestern Manitoba facing employment barriers prepare for and find meaningful work," said Rick Pettinger, Chairman of the Southwest Horizon School Division Board. "This partnership has been a positive resource for the community, and many youth have benefited from it."

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. 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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Since 2002, the Southwest Horizon School Division has helped youth overcome barriers to employment and develop a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to participate in the current and future labour market, and has promoted education and skills as being key factors to labour market participation. Between October 5, 2009, and June 25, 2010, the Southwest Horizon School Division, along with the Brandon Regional Health Authority, will provide nine youth with employability skills through a work experience program to help them make the transition into the current job market.

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. 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 people 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