Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 21, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Brooks Area Youth Prepare for Jobs

BROOKS, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Young Canadians in Brooks who face barriers to employment will get help developing skills to find and keep quality jobs through an employment project supported by the Government of Canada. Mr. LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat, 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 skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Payne. "We are proud to help the youth in Brooks reach their full potential."

The Society of Brooks Community Adult Learning Council will receive $193,824 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth Employment Program project, which will help 12 youth facing employment barriers.

"We are very pleased to receive funding to run our Youth Employment Program for youth facing barriers to employment within the City of Brooks," said Ms. Tammy Goldade, Manager, Society of Brooks Community Adult Learning Council. "Being able to provide an opportunity for youth to gain confidence and build the necessary skills to gain and maintain employment is an essential element in developing and growing our community."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, communities and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities that will enable them to participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

Skills Link 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.

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, visit or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.


Between May 11, 2009, and November 6, 2009, the Society of Brooks Community Adult Learning Council will provide life skills, employability skills and work experience to 12 youth with barriers to employment, thus enabling them to make the transition into the current or future labour market. The organization is dedicated to supporting youth facing barriers to employment in achieving their full potential by providing life and employability skills through recreational programs in a safe and supportive environment.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three 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