Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 16, 2011 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth in the Communities of Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Alert Bay and Sointula Prepare for the Job Market

CAMPBELL RIVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2011) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment program. The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"For many young Canadians, obtaining their first job is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Minister Duncan. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Skills for Success Program in Port Hardy."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the North Island Employment Foundations Society will help 72 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

The project participants will attend life and employability skills workshops that focus on topics such as résumé writing, problem solving and teamwork. Based on their needs and interests, the participants will then be matched with employers who will provide them with hands on-work experience through placements in the tourism, trades and customer services industries.

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 North Island Employment Foundations Society will receive over $577,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Skills for Success Program.

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 16 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.

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 job 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 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

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

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