Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 09, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps At-Risk Young Women in Vancouver Prepare for Jobs

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 9, 2009) - At-risk young women in Vancouver will get valuable job preparation training thanks to the Government of Canada's commitment to a local employment project. The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade, Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"It is more important than ever that young Canadians develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in today's job market," said Minister Day. "We are pleased to partner with the Arts in Action Society to help at-risk young women gain the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Arts in Action Society will receive over $98,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support the Dream Seeds project, which is delivered by the Society's Purple Thistle Centre. The Dream Seeds project will provide eight at-risk young women with the opportunity to develop life and employability skills through community service arts projects.

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.


The Arts in Action Society offers creative, innovative, educational, cultural and artistic programs to support Vancouver's Downtown Eastside community. Between April 13 and September 11, 2009, the Dream Seeds project, which is delivered by the Society's Purple Thistle Centre, will help eight at-risk young women in the Vancouver area develop life and employability skills through workshops and work experience on community service projects.

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