Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 20, 2010 09:00 ET

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

FLAMBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 20, 2010) - Post-secondary graduates will get an opportunity to enhance and develop their employment skills through a work experience project sponsored by the Government of Canada. Mr. David Sweet, Member of Parliament for Ancaster–Dundas–Flamborough–Westdale, 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. Sweet. "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."

S.R. Kyles Historic Architecture will receive over $46,000 in Career Focus funding to hire three post-secondary graduates to help rebuild a Regency cottage. One graduate will be hired to work as a site superintendent, and the other two as carpenters/historic finishers. The job placements will allow the graduates to apply the skills they acquired through their apprenticeships.

"This funding will help individuals get the experience they need to launch themselves into meaningful careers, and will also help to preserve a historic building for posterity," said Ms. Shannon Kyles, Owner of S.R. Kyles Historic Architecture. "By providing the funds needed to further the education of these graduates, the Career Focus program is helping to improve the skills of students graduating from local colleges."

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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S.R. Kyles Historic Architecture is an architectural firm specializing in the restoration and preservation of historical buildings. The organization will provide career-related experience to help three recent post-secondary graduates gain the knowledge and experience needed to make a successful transition into the labour market.

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.

The Government of Canada also provides the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant to help Canadians pursue and complete their apprenticeship training. The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is a grant of $1,000 per year for registered apprentices who have successfully completed their first and/or second year/level of an apprenticeship program in a Red Seal trade. The maximum amount an individual can receive is $2,000. The Apprenticeship Completion Grant is a $2,000 grant for apprentices who have completed their training in a designated Red Seal trade and have received their journeyperson certification. By combining the two grants, apprentices who complete their training and become certified journeypersons in a designated Red Seal trade could receive up to $4,000.

For more information or to apply for these grants, call 1-866-742-3644 (TTY 1-866-909-9757) or visit

Contact Information

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