Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 02, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Prepare for Jobs

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2009) - 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. The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, 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 Minister Day. "By supporting this project, we are helping Vancouver youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Arts in Action Society will receive $98,568 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Purple Thistle Centre - Dream Seeds IV project, which will help eight 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 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 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, call 1 800 O-Canada, visit www.servicecanada.gc.ca or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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BACKGROUNDER

Established in 1988, the Arts in Action Society is a non-profit organization that offers youth the opportunity to express themselves through the use of art while educating others and creating awareness on issues of public interest. Through the Society's Purple Thistle Centre - Dream Seeds IV project, youth will gain life and job skills by working as a team on various art-based community projects as well as individually in community work placements. Between December 1, 2009, and April 30, 2010, the organization will help eight young women facing barriers to employment develop the skills they need to become employed 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, 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