Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 24, 2011 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Brockville and Surrounding Areas Prepare for the Job Market

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 24, 2011) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for four employment projects.

MP Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds–Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that the Government of Canada is investing over $1 million in these youth employment projects.

"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said MP Brown. "Our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for programs like Skills Link and Youth Awareness."

With assistance from the Government of Canada, St. Lawrence College will deliver three Skills Link projects to help a total of 84 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job. The College will also deliver a project under the Youth Awareness Program that will provide information on apprenticeship and training opportunities to local youth.

Participants in the Skills Link projects will attend life and employability workshops that focus on topics such as resumé writing, teamwork and career planning. Based on their needs and interests, they will then have an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience through job placements.

Additionally, thanks to assistance from the federal Youth Awareness program, St. Lawrence College will hold career fairs in communities across the region. The career fairs will feature workshops and demonstrations of jobs in the skilled trades and health care sectors.

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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. The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Skills Link and Youth Awareness are 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

Skills Link and Youth Awareness are 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