Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

June 30, 2009 12:09 ET

Government of Canada Helps Victoria Youth Overcome Employment Barriers

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 30, 2009) - Close to 100 local youth will benefit from the Government of Canada's support of an employment project. The Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of State (Sport) and Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands, 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 today's job market," said Minister of State Lunn. "We are pleased to provide young Canadians facing employment barriers with the opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Spectrum Job Search Society will receive $671,878 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Spectrum Youth Project, which will provide youth facing multiple employment barriers with a combination of life skills and job-readiness instruction that will improve their chances of finding good jobs.

"This financial commitment from the Government of Canada over the next two years is appreciated, and it will provide Spectrum with the necessary resources to help almost 100 young people find work," said Mr. Jim Taylor, Executive Director, Spectrum Job Search Society. "Given the present labour market, this kind of support for youth is absolutely critical."

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.


Since 1986, the Spectrum Job Search Society has delivered job search programs for youth having difficulty making the transition from school to work. Between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2011, through its Skills Link-funded Spectrum Youth Project, the Society will provide eight group-based employability skills interventions, each lasting 10 weeks, to help a total of 96 at-risk youth from the Greater Victoria area who face multiple employment barriers. The participants will develop effective life and employability skills that will help them understand their own strengths; learn strategies to overcome their challenges; develop behaviours that are socially functional; and build confidence, enabling them to enter the labour market.

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.

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Contact Information

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