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May 16, 2008 09:15 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Francophone Youth from Barrie and Penetanguishene Get the Skills that Lead to Good Jobs

BARRIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2008) - Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, and Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament for Simcoe North, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today announced Skills Link funding to help youth from the Barrie and Penetanguishene areas get employability skills and jobs.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Brown. "Not only will our investment help young people find and keep quality jobs, but it will also benefit local employers facing labour shortages and will be good for the local economy."

"Our government believes that when individuals are able to update their skills and knowledge, they'll have more success in entering the labour force or returning to school," said Mr. Stanton. "Our partnership with La Cle d'la Baie en Huronie will help youth in Barrie and Penetanguishene get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to take advantage of the job market."

La Cle d'la Baie en Huronie will receive $355,590 in funding through Service Canada's Skills Link program. La Cle d'la Baie's Transition au Travail project will allow 24 Francophone youth gain skills through classroom instruction on such topics as goal setting, conflict resolution, the job market, and participating in work placements.

This project reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through its Advantage Canada plan, the Government is building on Canada's strengths and gaining a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, and building modern infrastructure.

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Skills Link

The Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada programs that help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop employability skills, gain work experience, find good jobs, and stay employed. The two other programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping young people who face barriers to employment. These young people include high school drop-outs, single parents, Aboriginal youth, young people 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 programs, and are subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.

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