Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 27, 2011 12:19 ET

The Government of Canada Helps a Young Person in Parry Sound Prepare for the Job Market

PARRY SOUND, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 27, 2011) - Today, the Honourable Tony Clement, Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka and Minister for FedNor, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, announced the Government of Canada's investment in job preparation training and work experience for a young person from Sprucedale who faces barriers to employment.

"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Minister Clement. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like this youth employment project."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the Township of McMurrich/Monteith will employ a youth as a landfill site assistant to help him develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or to gain the confidence to return to school. The project participant's duties will include helping the public with proper landfill use and helping to promote effective and appropriate recycling practices.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

The Township of McMurrich/Monteith will receive over $5,500 in federal Skills Link funding to support its youth employment project.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link 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 Career Focus.

Skills Link helps youth between 15 and 30 years of age who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits develop basic and advanced employment skills. It assists participants through a coordinated, client-centred approach that offers longer term supports and services tailored to their specific needs to help them find and keep a job.

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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

The Skills Link 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 servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications
    819-994-2482

    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559