Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 09, 2009 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Graduates Gain Valuable Work Experience

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 9, 2009) - At-risk youth in St. Catharines will benefit from the Government of Canada's commitment to a local employment project. Mr. Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, 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 youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market, now and in the future," said Mr. Dykstra. "With support from the Government of Canada's Career Focus program, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation will help two young Canadians gain valuable skills, knowledge and work experience."

The organization will receive $29,994 through the Career Focus program. With this funding, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation will recruit two recent post-secondary graduates to work as an event planner and a public relations officer at its local office.

The Career Focus program is part of the Government of Canada's wider 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 Career Focus 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.


Between February 16, 2009, and August 14, 2009, the Fergie Jenkins Foundation will provide two post-secondary graduates with valuable career-related work experience in the not-for-profit sector. The two positions are for an event planner and a public relations officer. The recruits will gain valuable work experience working at the foundation, as the event planner will supervise the day-to-day facilitation of all the organization's events, while the public relations officer will co-ordinate media relations for all events.

The Fergie Jenkins Foundation raises funds and awareness for several organizations, including the Canadian Special Olympics. Since 1999, the organization has helped raise millions of dollars for charities across North America.

Under the Youth Employment Strategy, Career Focus provides funding for employers to help post-secondary graduates obtain career-related work opportunities in Canada to support their development of advanced skills, to help them make career-related links to the job market, and to assist them in becoming leaders in their field.

Career Focus offers youth a range of work experiences, learning and skill-building activities to help them choose careers and to encourage them to pursue advanced studies.

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