Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 03, 2011 10:54 ET

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

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 3, 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. 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."

With assistance from the federal Career Focus program, the Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology will organize job placements for 10 post-secondary graduates in sectors such as manufacturing, business/finance and media relations. The work experience will allow the graduates to apply the skills learned in school and increase their employability.

The Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology will receive a total of over $90,000 in Career Focus funding for its Career Connections for Grads 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.

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.

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

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