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November 23, 2007 15:05 ET

The Government of Canada Announces New Employment Program for Francophone Youth in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 23, 2007) - Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding under the Skills Link program so that Le ROCC Inc. can help Francophone youth facing barriers to employment find career-related job experience, return to school, or acquire the skills and training they need to jump-start their careers.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Richardson. "Our partnership with Le ROCC Inc. on their Orientation and Job Search Training Centre will help Francophone youth in Calgary get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to take advantage of the job market."

Today's $543,300 investment is part of Service Canada's Skills Link program, which funds projects across Canada aimed at helping youth facing barriers to employment acquire the skills, knowledge, and work experience they need to participate in the job market.

The Government of Canada is committed to improving opportunities for youth as part of an ongoing effort to build a strong, vibrant Canadian work force. The goal is to make Canada a place where meaningful, long-term employment opportunities are standard, and where the work force is trained to meet the requirements of modern businesses.


The Skills Link program is one of three programs the Government of Canada created to help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs, and stay employed. The three programs are Skills Link, Summer Work Experience, and Career Focus. Skills Link helps young people who face barriers to employment gain work experience or get a job. These young people include those who haven't completed high school, single parents, Aboriginal youth, young people with disabilities, youth in rural areas, or 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. These programs provide a range of activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

If you are an employer, organization, or young person and would like to learn more about youth programs and services, please visit us online at (and click on "Youth"), call the Youth Info Line at 1-800-935-5555, or visit any of the local Service Canada Centres across Canada. Service Canada is the Government of Canada's service delivery network that brings together a range of federal services and programs to meet the individual needs of Canadians.

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