Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

August 10, 2011 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Post-Secondary Graduate in Merritt Gain Career-Related Experience

MERRITT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2011) - A post-secondary graduate will get the opportunity to enhance and develop job skills through the Government of Canada's support for a youth employment project. Mr. Dan Albas, Member of Parliament for Okanagan—Coquihalla, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Albas. "Our government is proud to support projects that offer post-secondary graduates the opportunity to develop the skills and gain the experience that will help them reach their full potential."

With assistance from the federal Career Focus program, the ASK Wellness Centre in Merritt will organize a career-related placement for one post-graduate. The participant will perform clerical duties, assist with developing wellness plans for clients, and be involved with a community kitchen initiative.

The ASK Wellness Centre will receive over $15,000 in Career Focus funding for its youth employment project.

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As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Career Focus program is one of three programs that help young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Skills Link.

Career Focus links young post-secondary graduates with potential employers who can provide them with career-related work experience and help them acquire advanced employment skills to facilitate their transition into the rapidly changing labour market.

Youth employment programs are also part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. The Government underscored its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

The Career Focus program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada