Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 15, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Northwest Saskatchewan Youth Prepare for Their Careers

NORTH BATTLEFORD, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2010) - Local youth will have the opportunity to learn about careers as a result of support from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, and Member of Parliament for Battlefords—Lloydminster, 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 and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister Ritz. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one that benefit both employers and youth."

The Living Sky School Division No. 202 will receive federal Youth Awareness support to organize and promote three events that will increase awareness among youth and business about career development activities and the importance of developing skills for the workforce 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 participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Youth Awareness 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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

The Youth Awareness 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 www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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