Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 17, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Delivers Youth Employment Program in Scarborough

SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2009) - At-risk youth in Scarborough will benefit from the Government of Canada's commitment to a local employment project. Senator Consiglio Di Nino 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 youth develop the skills that will enable them to participate and succeed in the job market," said Senator Di Nino. "This project will allow young Canadians facing barriers in entering the work force to gain the skills, knowledge and work experience needed to become entrepreneurs."

The Shouters National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Faith International Centre of Canada will receive $198,951 in federal funding through the Government of Canada's Skills Link program. Through the organization's Shouters Youth Entrepreneurship Program, eight youth will be given the opportunity to develop self-sustaining businesses.

Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best-educated, most-skilled and most flexible work force in the world. The Government underscored this commitment in January when it introduced Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key component of the Plan is to create more and better opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development.

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, call 1-800-O-Canada, go on the Internet at or visit your local Service Canada Centre.


Between January 19, 2009, and December 24, 2009, this project will provide eight youth facing barriers to employment with an opportunity to gain employment skills through entrepreneurship. The intent is for participants to develop self-sustaining businesses and become active contributors to their communities. The youth selected for this initiative will be between the ages of 15 and 30, and will be recruited from an identified priority neighbourhood in Scarborough, Ontario.

The mission of the Shouters National Evangelical Spiritual Baptist Faith International Centre of Canada is to help change the lives of others in order for them to function in today's environment, to provide guidance for families and youth, and to empower lives with workshops, lectures, preaching and teachings.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada programs that help young Canadians facing barriers to employment obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed.

Skills Link focuses on helping 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. It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an individual's specific needs. The program 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 approach, offering longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

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