Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 19, 2009 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Regina Youth Prepare for Jobs

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - Thirty youth will get valuable construction experience as a result of Government of Canada support for a local employment project. Mr. Andrew Scheer, Member of Parliament for Regina-Qu'Appelle, 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. Scheer. "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."

Ehrlo Community Services will receive $217,159 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Pre-apprenticeship Construction Project. Another $435,339 has been contributed by the Province of Saskatchewan. Through this project, the organization will help a minimum of 30 young Canadians facing employment barriers prepare for jobs or return to school.

"Focusing on education, skills training, and development will be vital to ensuring our province's continued growth-and this project will help bolster the supply of talent to a key sector of our economy," said the Honourable Rob Norris, Minister of Advanced Education, Employment and Labour for Saskatchewan. "Most importantly, this project has the potential to have a direct positive impact on the lives and career paths of dozens of young Saskatchewan people."

"Through a combination of career development, employability and skills development activities, youth participating in this project can expect to secure employment in the construction sector, to be indentured as a carpenter and to be accepted for level I apprenticeship training," said Ms. Monica Rivers, Project Coordinator for Ehrlo Community Services. "A partnership with Habitat for Humanity will ensure plenty of suitable training opportunities for youth to develop their skills as they work on building homes for Habitat for Humanity that will, in turn, provide housing for families in the community."

The federal government works 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

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 or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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Through the Pre-apprenticeship Construction Project, Ehrlo Community Services will coordinate a 52-week client-centred Skills Link project designed to respond to the individual needs of youth facing multiple barriers to employment. Between June 15, 2009, and June 18, 2010, the organization will provide client assessment and case management services, as well as employability skills, through a work experience intervention to a minimum of 30 Skills Link-eligible youth with barriers to employment, in order for the youth to obtain employment and/or further education.

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.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office