Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 06, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Edmonton's Youth Prepare for Jobs

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2009) - Young Canadians facing barriers to employment will develop work-related skills and experience thanks to Government of Canada support for a local employment project. Mr. Peter Goldring, Member of Parliament for Edmonton East, 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. Goldring. "We are proud to help Edmonton's youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Wecan Cooperative for Community and Economic Development will receive $346,142 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Together Wecan project, which will help 24 youth facing employment barriers prepare for and find meaningful employment through community service.

"The Wecan Cooperative for Community and Economic Development is proud to work in conjunction with the federal government to address the challenges our young adults face," said Ms. Karen Cook, Director of the Wecan Cooperative for Community and Economic Development. "They are our future and they deserve our best. The Together Wecan program is specially tailored to focus on each participant's unique talents, strengths, interests and future potential."

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

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.

The program 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 www.servicecanada.gc.ca or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.



BACKGROUNDER

The Wecan Cooperative for Community and Economic Development has a long history of providing targeted programs and services to at-risk youth, offering ongoing support to help them stabilize their lives. Between May 4, 2009, and June 25, 2010, its Together Wecan project will provide 24 youth facing multiple barriers with case management, skills workshops and community service work experience to help them prepare for jobs or return to school.

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
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559