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Service Canada

April 11, 2007 13:30 ET

Canada's New Government Invests $111,606 to Help Youth with Disabilities in Digby

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - April 11, 2007) - The Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced $111,606 in funding for a project to help young people with disabilities in the Digby and Annapolis counties develop skills and find jobs.

"Canada's New Government is proud to announce a funding agreement with the Digby Disabilities Partnership Committee that will help young people with disabilities from this area succeed," said Minister Solberg. "The Committee has a wonderful track record in helping participants reach their goals and achieve their true potential, and I know they will continue to deliver results."

Under the Employability Skills through Work Experience project, the Digby Disabilities Partnership Committee will coordinate work placements with local employers. Participants will receive training to develop skills in fundamental areas such as customer service, communication, time management, and priority setting. By the end of the program, it is expected that participants will be successful in finding jobs or returning to school.

"It's all about helping youth with disabilities facing multiple barriers to employment achieve a greater sense of self-sufficiency," said Debbie Cook, Executive Director of the Digby Disabilities Partnership Committee.

Service Canada is funding this project through Skills Link, one of the Government's youth employment programs. Canada's New Government is committed to improving opportunities for youth. By working with employers, community organizations and other levels of government, it is making sure young people have opportunities to develop their skills and gain the job experience required to be part of a strong and productive workforce.

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Backgrounder

Skills Link

The Skills Link program is one of three programs offered by Canada's New Government that helps young Canadians aged 15 to 30 get career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The two other programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link targets young people who face barriers to employment, including high school drop-outs, single parents, Aboriginal youth, persons with disabilities, youth in rural areas and recent immigrants. 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. All three programs provide a range of activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

Projects funded under the Skills Link program have been reviewed to ensure compliance with the department's administration of its Grants and Contributions program, and are subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.

Any employer, organization or individual seeking to learn more about youth programs and services should visit servicecanada.gc.ca, call the Youth Info Line at 1-800-935-5555 or visit a local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Media inquiries:
    Digby Disabilities Partnership Committee
    Debbie Cook, Executive Director
    902-245-3731
    or
    Service Canada, Windsor, NS
    Paul Innes, Program Delivery Manager
    902-798-6509
    or
    Service Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559
    or
    Public inquiries:
    1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
    TTY: 1-800-926-9105
    www.servicecanada.ca
    or
    Youth Info Line
    1-800-935-5555
    www.youth.gc.ca