Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 10, 2012 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Provides Skills Training to Vulnerable Canadians in British Columbia

TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 10, 2012) - People facing barriers to employment in the community of Terrace will receive employment readiness to help them succeed in the labour market. This announcement was made today by Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"We are pleased to partner with the Terrace and District Community Services Society," said Mr. Zimmer. "Through partnerships like these, we are helping vulnerable Canadians to not only meet their own basic needs, but to also develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school."

"Today the Terrace and District Community Services Society, or TDCSS, is thrilled to celebrate the opening of the TDCSS Living Room Project, as well as the implementation of the TDCSS Youth Opps Project. Each project targets a different population in the community. TDCSS is looking forward to the positive impacts these projects will have on the lives of individuals and on their community," said Marilyn Lissimore, Executive Director. "Working with government and community partners, TDCSS is committed to providing a stable, non-judgmental environment with the appropriate supports to help people re-establish themselves in their community."

Over $95,000 in Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding will be used by TDCSS for its Living Room Project. For one year, this project will assist more than 100 people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with skills training, access to new computers and software, as well as urgent care needs such as food and clothing.

TDCSS will also receive over $110,000 in federal Skills Link funding for its Youth Opps project, which will provide local youth facing employment barriers with skills training on topics such as resumé writing, time management, and problem solving. Following the training, participants will further develop their skills and gain hands-on experience through job placements with local employers.

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The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 designated communities across Canada.

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society. This model seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

For more information on the HPS, please visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, Skills Link 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 facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, youth with disabilities, and youth in rural and remote areas, develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, Skills Link and other youth employment initiatives, please visit Youth.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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