Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

July 08, 2009 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Surrey Youth Prepare for Jobs

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2009) - Young people in Surrey who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for a local employment project. Mr. Russ Hiebert, Member of Parliament for South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale, 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. Hiebert. "By supporting this project, we are helping young people in Surrey develop the skills, knowledge and experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Pacific Community Resources Society will receive $236,376 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Barista Youth Skills Link Program, which will help 20 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

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

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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Founded in 1984, the Pacific Community Resources Society is a non-profit organization committed to helping participants enhance their social, emotional, educational and economic well-being. The Society works with organizations, communities and various levels of government to provide youth, adults and families with quality services and programs. Between June 1, 2009, and January 31, 2010, the organization, through its Barista Youth Skills Link Program, will help 20 youth facing employment barriers prepare for, obtain and maintain employment, and make a successful transition into the labour market 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, particularly those 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