Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 29, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Melville Youth Prepare for Jobs

MELVILLE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - March 29, 2010) - 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. Mr. Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton–Melville, 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," said Mr. Breitkreuz. "By supporting this project, we are helping Melville youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

"As a former school teacher myself, I am convinced that proper preparation for employment is the route to personal achievement," he added. "I am delighted that the federal government is investing in the young Canadians who will meet the exciting challenges of tomorrow head-on."

The Melville Arts Council will receive $77,676 in federal Skills Link funding, which will help six youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

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. 

"As a small community service provider, it is always a challenge for us to find the funds to hire core staff," said Ms. Crystal Thorburn, Administrator of Melville Community Works. "This funding has not only helped us in this capacity, but our organization has also greatly benefited from the energy and positive attitude that come with hiring young people. It also means that we are playing an important role in providing the practical work experience and a sense of ownership within the community for the youth to carry with them to meet the challenges of the future."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

Skills Link 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. 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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


The Melville Arts Council is a non-profit corporation dedicated to fostering and promoting cultural activities for the citizens of Melville and District. Between March 15, 2010, and February 4, 2011, the organization will provide case management services, employability skills workshops and work experience placements to six youth facing barriers to employment, in order to help them make the transition to the labour market or return to school. The workshops will focus on résumé writing, communications and interview preparation, and the work experience placements will allow the participants to gain experience in indoor and outdoor maintenance and event coordination.

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 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
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office