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August 12, 2008 15:07 ET

Canada's Government Celebrates the Nation's Young People on International Youth Day

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2008) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today commemorated International Youth Day as a day to raise awareness of the important contributions young people make to Canada, and to celebrate the Government of Canada's commitment to supporting young Canadians. International Youth Day was first proclaimed by the United Nations in 1999 to celebrate the contributions young people make in society, and to promote awareness of the challenges young people face.

"International Youth Day gives people around the world an opportunity to recognize the potential of youth, to celebrate their achievements, and to plan for ways to better engage young people to build better communities," said Minister Solberg. "Our youth are Canada's future, and we recognize the importance of ensuring they have opportunities to grow and prosper."

Minister Solberg took the opportunity on International Youth Day to thank all of the staff members, employers, young people, and community members who are contributing to the Government's continued focus on youth, and its commitment to improving opportunities for youth as part of an ongoing effort to create a strong and productive work force. The federal government offers a number of services through Service Canada to help young Canadians develop skills, find jobs, gain valuable work experience, and stay employed. Such programs include Skills Link, which helps young people who face barriers to employment gain the employability skills they need to find and maintain meaningful employment; Career Focus, which helps post-secondary graduates develop the advanced skills they need to find careers within their fields of study; and Summer Work Experience, which provides help to young people seeking summer employment. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Service Canada Centres for Youth providing employment services for young people and employers.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Minister Solberg. "Our government is ensuring that young Canadians have the tools and support they need to succeed."

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Contact Information

  • Service Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Public enquiries:
    1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
    TTY: 1-800-926-9105
    Youth Info Line