Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 13, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth Develop Employment and Life Skills in Port Hardy

PORT HARDY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 13, 2009) - Port Hardy area youth will benefit from the Government of Canada's investment in a local employment project. Mr. John Duncan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North, 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 our youth develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Duncan. "We are proud to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The North Island Employment Foundations Society will receive $157,985 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Port Hardy Skills for Success project. This project will help 20 young Canadians facing employment barriers prepare for and find meaningful employment.

The federal government works with the provinces and territories, communities 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.

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.


Between April 27, 2009, and February 26, 2010, the North Island Employment Foundations Society will provide 20 youth facing multiple barriers to employment with a 12-week employability skills through work experience intervention called Port Hardy Skills for Success. Through its activities, the project will help unemployed youth facing barriers to employment develop the skills, knowledge and work experience necessary to gain employment. The project will fill a critical gap in service delivery for youth in Northern Vancouver Island by providing an early intervention that assists youth who are in danger of becoming marginalized from the skills development and work experience opportunities that are so important to finding and keeping employment.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada 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
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office