Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 26, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Saskatoon Youth Prepare for the Job Market

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - Local youth facing barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification) and Member of Parliament for Blackstrap, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Minister of State Yelich. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth in Saskatchewan to succeed through support for initiatives like this project."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, through its Choices II project, will help 30 young people develop the skills and experience needed to find employment or the confidence to return to school.

Each participant will gain work experience in the community through job placements that are based on the participant's employment needs.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as young single parents, Aboriginal youth, young people with disabilities, those living in rural and remote areas, recent immigrants and youth who have dropped out of high school.

The Saskatchewan Abilities Council will receive over $220,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support the Choices II project.

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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 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, client centered approach offering longer-term supports and services based on an individual's specific needs that can help them find and keep a job.

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.

Youth employment programs are also 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.

Contact Information

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