Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 14, 2009 11:17 ET

Government of Canada Helps Manitoba Youth Prepare for Jobs

DAUPHIN, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 14, 2009) - At-risk youth in Manitoba will get valuable job preparation training thanks to the Government of Canada's investment in a local employment project. Mr. Inky Mark, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette, 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 develop the skills needed to help them participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Mark. "By supporting this project, we are helping at-risk Manitoba youth develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to reach their full potential."

Parkland Crossing will receive $12,493 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Dauphin At-Risk Teens (D.A.R.T.) project, which will provide outreach and assessment services to eight at-risk youth to help them prepare for jobs or return to school.

The federal government is working in partnership with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders to make sure that Canadians get the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce and contribute to the quality of life in their communities.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada 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 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 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, go on the Internet at servicecanada.gc.ca or visit your local Service Canada Centre.

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BACKGROUNDER

Run by a local church, Parkland Crossing is a multifaceted community organization in the City of Dauphin. Between April 1, 2009, and March 31, 2010, its Dauphin At-Risk Teens (D.A.R.T.) project will help eight at-risk youth between the ages of 15 and 17 identify barriers to unemployment and access services, in order to develop the broad range of skills and knowledge necessary to participate in the labour market or return to school.

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

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