Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 28, 2011 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Young Single Parents in Summerside Prepare for the Job Market

SUMMERSIDE, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2011) - Local youth who are single parents and face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Review and Minister responsible for Prince Edward Island, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

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

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the East Prince Youth Development Centre will help 10 young, single parents develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

Project participants will attend life and employability skills workshops where they will learn about topics such as child development, work/life balance, resumé writing, and job search skills. Following the workshops, they will benefit from job placements with local employers to help them gain hands-on experience.

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.

East Prince Youth Development Centre will receive over $81,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Parent Power project.

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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 part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key element of the Plan includes increasing and improving opportunities available to Canadian workers through skills development. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit

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, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada