Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 20, 2011 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Renfrew, Pembroke and Lanark Counties Access Career Information

GANANOQUE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2011) - Local youth will have better and easier access to information on the job market thanks to Government of Canada support for a research study. Mr. Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Brown. "Our government is proud to promote activities that help youth make informed learning and career choices as well as prepare businesses for the future."

With assistance from the federal Youth Awareness program, the 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board will carry out a research study to provide youth with a clearer picture of the skills that local employers are demanding, now and for the future. The results of the study will be used to develop a career guide for local youth. This guide will provide information on job trends and educational opportunities, and will assist youth in making a successful transition into the workforce.

The 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board will receive over $78,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding for its research study.

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Backgrounder

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.

Youth Awareness is 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 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 www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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