Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 26, 2012 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps London Youth Prepare for the Job Market

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 26, 2012) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project.

Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary for the Status of Women and Member of Parliament for London North Centre, and Ed Holder, Member of Parliament for London West, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priority is jobs and the economy," said Ms. Truppe. "For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment. That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like this youth employment project."

"Youth Opportunities Unlimited will receive over $497,000 in funding through the Skills Link program to help dozens of London youth. They have faced employment barriers in the past but now, with our government's help, they will be able to develop the skills and work experience needed to find a job or return to school. The assistance we are providing today through this program is a perfect example of a hand-up versus a hand-out," said Mr. Holder.

The project participants will attend life and employability skills workshops to learn about topics such as time management, communication and problem-solving. They will also gain hands-on experience through job placements with local employers in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, sales and marketing, hospitality and customer service.

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, Skills Link 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 part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. The Government highlighted its commitment to this strategy in Canada's Economic Action Plan. A key element of the Plan includes increasing and improving opportunities available 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