Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 05, 2009 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Regina Youth Prepare for Jobs

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - Regina youth will benefit from the Government of Canada's support of a local employment project. Mr. Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, 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 needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Boughen. "Through this project, and others like it, we are helping young Canadians facing employment barriers gain the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Street Culture Kidz Project Inc. will receive $253,559 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Community Project. This program will help 14 youth facing employment barriers prepare for and find meaningful employment or return to school.

"This support from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada is another example of solid dedication to the community development sector," said Mr. Kim Sutherland, Executive Director of the Street Culture Kidz Project Inc. "As a direct result of this funding for Street Culture's Community Project, we will effectively prepare dozens of young people to be competitive as they enter the job market, and ultimately repay the investment ten-fold through long-term attachment to the workforce. This is an effective strategy designed to help break the cycle of dependence on social service programs."

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.

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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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, visit servicecanada.gc.ca or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.


BACKGROUNDER

The Street Culture Kidz Project Inc. is dedicated to helping Regina area youth at risk achieve their full potential. Between June 1, 2009, and May 31, 2010, the organization will provide employment skills through work experience to 14 youth in the Regina area with multiple barriers to employment, in order to enable them to obtain employment or return to school.

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

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

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