Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 14, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Post-Secondary Graduates in the Annapolis Valley Gain Career-Related Experience

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2010) - Post-secondary education graduates will get an opportunity to enhance and develop their employment skills thanks to an employment project sponsored by the Government of Canada. Mr. Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, 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. Kerr. "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."

The Clean Annapolis River Project will receive $29,823 in Career Focus funding to support its Community Youth Internship Project. This funding will help two recent post-secondary graduates apply the skills they acquired through their education.

"We are pleased to offer local youth an opportunity to develop their career path in the environmental sector," said Mr. Stephen Hawboldt, Executive Director, Clean Annapolis River Project.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

Career Focus is 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 this commitment 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.

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The Clean Annapolis River Project is a charitable, community-based, non-governmental organization whose mission is to restore and protect the ecological health of the Annapolis River watershed through science, leadership and community engagement. Between July 12, 2010, and March 4, 2011, the organization will provide two recent post-secondary graduates with work experience in the environmental industries sector in Nova Scotia.

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 highly skilled, post-secondary youth 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.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office