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March 14, 2007 11:45 ET

Canada's New Government Announces Funding for Saskatchewan Construction Association Youth Project

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2007) - Lynne Yelich, Member of Parliament for Blackstrap and Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for a Saskatchewan Construction Association project targeted to help Saskatchewan's booming construction industry address current and future human resources requirements. The funding, totaling $78,360, is intended to help employers and communities recruit young people to the construction trades.

"Canada's New Government is proud to invest in initiatives that will ensure young Canadians can pursue careers in our country's construction sector," said Ms. Yelich. "Investing in Canada's future will help us build a stronger economy, stronger communities, and a stronger society."

Under the project, the Saskatchewan Construction Association will develop a strategic plan to address current and future human resources requirements by encouraging young women, Aboriginal youth and youth with disabilities to pursue careers in the construction trades. Activities will include youth fairs, career days, seminars, round tables, consultations with industry employers and community stakeholders.

Service Canada is funding this project through Youth Awareness Initiatives. Youth Awareness activities, delivered by employers, employer associations and/or organizations, respond to the changing needs of the labour market and encourage communities to recognize youth as the workforce of the future.

In budget 2006, Canada's New Government announced several measures to encourage jobs in the skills trades, including:

- An Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit of up to $2,000 per apprentice, for each of the first two years of their contract;

- An Apprenticeship Incentive Grant of $1,000 per year for the first two years of a Red Seal apprenticeship program and other programs; and

- A $500 deduction for the cost of tools, which is an investment of $155 million over two years benefitting approximately 700,000 employed tradespeople in Canada.

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The Government of Canada Youth Awareness activities heighten the awareness of youth as the workforce of the future. These activities complement the Government of Canada's Skills Link, Summer Work Experience and Career Focus programs, which help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. Skills Link helps young people who face barriers to employment gain work experience or get a job. Summer Work Experience helps secondary and post-secondary students find summer jobs. Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates develop advanced skills and find careers in their fields. These programs provide a range of activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

These projects have been reviewed to ensure compliance with the Department's administration of its Grants and Contributions programs, and are subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.

If you are an employer, organization or youth and would like to learn more about Youth programs and services please visit our Internet site at and click on youth, call the Youth Info Line at 1 800 935-5555 or visit a Service Canada Centre. Service Canada is the Government of Canada's service delivery network that brings together a range of federal services and programs to meet the needs of individual Canadians.

Contact Information

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    Craig Henry
    Manager, Communications and Marketing
    Service Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Public Enquiries: 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
    TTY: 1-800-926-9105