Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 15, 2011 13:03 ET

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

ELORA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 15, 2011) - Post-secondary graduates will get the opportunity to enhance and develop their job skills through the Government of Canada's support for a youth employment project. 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 the experience that will help them reach their full potential."

With assistance from the federal Career Focus program, the Elora Environment Centre will hire two environmental studies graduates as part of its Urban Tree Stewardship project. Both graduates will be working alongside 20 volunteers to gather information about local trees and help promote the value of Elora's urban forest. This hands-on experience will give them the chance to apply the skills they acquired through their education.

The Elora Environment Centre will receive over $39,000 in Career Focus funding for its Urban Tree Stewardship project.

Additionally, the Elora Environment Centre will receive Canada Summer Jobs funding to hire two students for the summer. The job placements for these students will provide them with the opportunity to gain the skills and experience they need to compete in today's labour market.

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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.

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that helps employers create summer job opportunities for students.

The program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses (with fewer than 50 employees) to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students and intend to return to school in the next school year.

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

  • Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada