Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 08, 2011 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Edmonton Youth Prepare for the Job Market

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2011) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will develop abilities and knowledge that will prepare them for future success through the Government of Canada's support for a youth project.

The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of Parliament for Edmonton–Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, today announced that YOUCAN will receive over $1,482,000 in federal Skills Link funding.

"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Mr. Hawn. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Verto Project."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, YOUCAN will help 152 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

The Verto Project features two streams. The first stream is geared to youth who are interested in returning to school. Participants will attend workshops that focus on life skills such as communication and problem solving. Youth will further develop their skills through the delivery of a workshop promoting the tolerance of diversity to local schools and community groups.

The second stream is geared to youth who are interested in finding employment. Participants will attend workshops that focus on employability skills, such as resumé writing and organization. Following the workshops, they will gain hands-on experience through work exposure with local employers.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

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As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program 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 between 15 and 30 years of age who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits develop basic and advanced employment skills. It assists participants through a coordinated, client-centred approach that offers longer-term supports and services tailored to their specific needs to help them find and keep a job.

Youth employment programs are also 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 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, visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada