Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 15, 2010 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth With Disabilities in Brandon Prepare for the Job Market

BRANDON, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2010) - Local youth with disabilities who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris, 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 Mr. Tweed. "That's why our Government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Neighbourhood Eco Team project."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, Career Connections Inc. will help six youth with disabilities develop the skills and experience needed to find jobs or the confidence to return to school.

Project participants will work as a team to organize, implement and promote community projects with a focus on the environment. Career Connections staff will work closely with participants to assess their needs and help them choose a career path, as they develop action plans to meet their employment goals.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

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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 supports youth in developing basic and advanced employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years of age who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits are assisted through a coordinated, client-centered approach offering longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job, based on an individual's specific needs.

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

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

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office