Canada Economic Development

Canada Economic Development

August 17, 2011 07:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth Employment Services Pursue its Efforts to Support Entrepreneurship

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2011) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, announces that Youth Employment Services (YES) will receive $1,012,022 in non-repayable funding to continue financing its Entrepreneurship program for a three-year period ending March 31, 2014.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support Youth Employment Services, which plays a crucial role in encouraging young members of the Greater Montréal English-speaking community to go into business for themselves," said Minister Lebel.

This assistance will enable YES to continue offering services, including personalized counselling, business management training, networking and mentoring programs, to help the region's youth in their efforts to start up a business.

In 2009-2010, some 2,200 young clients availed themselves of the organization's services, for a total of nearly 9,000 visits. Each year, YES lends its support to the creation of about 200 small and medium-sized enterprises.

This funding has been granted through the Community Diversification program.

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