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May 04, 2007 14:05 ET

Canada's New Government Helps Outaouais Youths Realize Their Full Potential

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 4, 2007) - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Member of Parliament for Pontiac, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for three local projects as part of the Youth Employment Strategy's Skills Link program.

These projects will be carried out by the following organizations: the Centre de placement specialise du Portage, which will receive $137,929; the Societe de Saint-Vincent de Paul, which will receive $126,331; and the Vallee jeunesse, which will receive $114,951.

"By funding projects such as these, Canada's New Government is fulfilling one of its promises - to help youth acquire the skills and knowledge they need to find a job and kepp it in the long-term," said Minister Cannon. "Thanks to this financial contribution of more than $375,000, Outaouais youth will have the opportunity to take part in personal development workshops that will give them work experience and allow them to make a positive contribution to their community."

Service Canada is providing financial assistance for these projects through the Skills Link program, which helps youths facing barriers to employment acquire the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to participate in the job market. Thanks to projects such as these, youth gain knowledge of themselves and practical experience in diverse areas, which increases their independence and level of employability. At the end of these projects, the participating youth will have all the tools they need to realize their true potential.

The Skills Link program is one of three programs for youth. The other two are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus. These programs offer a range of activities to meet each participant's needs.

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Backgrounder

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Organization Project Description Location Amount
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Centre de As part of this project, Gatineau $137,929
placement 10 youths who have already
specialise du been in conflict with the law
Portage will attend workshops in
cabinetmaking and carpentry.
They will then put their
knowledge and skills to work
during internships with
businesses. Their completed
projects will be given away
to local organizations.
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Societe de Eight young dropouts will Gatineau $126,331
Saint-Vincent participate in this project.
de Paul They will be responsible for
each stage in producing a
play, from writing it to
presenting it before an
audience. The play will deal
with the difficulties youths
face inhave with integrating
into society and the labour
market.
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Vallee jeunesse In the course of the project, Gatineau $114,951
eight young dropouts will take
part in cooking and building
maintenance activities. They
will give the meals they
prepare to organizations that
help the area's disadvantaged
families.
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