Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 12, 2010 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Post-Secondary Graduates in Elora Gain Career-Related Experience

ELORA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) - Post-secondary education graduates will get an opportunity to enhance and develop their employment skills through a Career Focus project sponsored by the Government of Canada. The Honourable Michael Chong, Member of Parliament for Wellington–Halton Hills, 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. Chong. "Our government is proud to support projects that offer post-secondary graduates the opportunity to develop the skills and gain experience that will help them reach their full potential."

The Elora Environment Centre will receive $29,872 in Career Focus funding to support its Urban Tree Stewardship Project. With this funding, the Centre will recruit two graduating forestry students as tree stewards, helping them gain hands-on experience and apply the skills they acquired through their education.

"Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, two new graduates are joining our team, which will significantly increase our ability to promote a healthier urban forest in our community," said Ms. Toni Ellis, Program Coordinator, Elora Environment Centre.

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

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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Established in 1993, the Elora Environment Centre is a not-for-profit organization focused on providing leadership in community-based environmental initiatives for both urban and rural communities. From June 7, 2010, to December 3, 2010, the Centre will provide career-related experience for two recent post-secondary graduates to help them gain knowledge and experience in the forestry field, in order to enable their transition into the labour market. Participants will work to rebuild the community tree canopy through tree planting, stewardship, public education and advocacy about the need for, and value of, trees.

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