Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 07, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Career Exploration Sessions in British Columbia

100 MILE HOUSE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 7, 2009) - Youth in north central British Columbia will benefit from career exploration sessions thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Ms. Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo, 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 have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Ms. McLeod. "Our government is proud to support programs that benefit both employers and youth."

Horton Ventures Inc. will receive $23,869 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to organize four one-week career exploration sessions. 100 Mile House and Williams Lake will each host two sessions to help increase awareness of current and future career opportunities for youth in the food services and multimedia industries.

"We are pleased that, in partnership with the Government of Canada, we will be able to offer these career exploration sessions," said Ms. Anny Horton, President of Horton Ventures Inc. "By increasing awareness of local career opportunities, not only will our youth benefit, but also their potential employers, and local economies."

The Youth Awareness program 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 Youth Awareness 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, go on the Internet at, or visit your local Service Canada Centre.


Horton Ventures Inc. provides employment services to the unemployed and underemployed. These services, including employment counselling, job search techniques, job placement and labour market information, are designed to help individuals prepare for, obtain and maintain employment. Between October 1, 2009, and November 30, 2009, the organization will partner with employers in the food services and multimedia industries to help them address their human resources needs. Two career information sessions in both these industries will help youth from 100 Mile House and Williams Lake prepare for future employment through the provision of labour market information and career planning strategies.

The federal Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, targets projects that respond to specific labour market requirements and adjustments over time, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

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