Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 12, 2010 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Funds Youth Employment Research in Southwestern Ontario

AYR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - Thanks to support from the Government of Canada, the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin will conduct a research study on youth participation in the local labour market. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), 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 information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister of State Goodyear. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one, which benefits both employers and youth."

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin will receive over $48,000 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to produce a report on how to best link youth with service providers and employers to increase employment rates.

"This research will provide us with information on how best to help youth, including youth with disabilities, to enter the job market in today's challenging climate," said Ms. Carol Simpson, Executive Director, Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin.

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

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

The Youth Awareness 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.

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The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin works with partners to find solutions to local workforce development challenges. From October 11, 2010, to May 20, 2011, the organization will conduct a study to increase youth employment rates. The study will gather information from a wide variety of sources including, youth, employers, and educational institutions. The research will be inclusive of both able-bodied youth and those with disabilities to better understand differences in the job search experiences and the type of job opportunities offered by employers.

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.

Contact Information

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