Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

December 15, 2010 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Eastern Ontario Prepare for Their Careers

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2010) - Local youth will have the opportunity to learn about career options in the health care, trades and technology sectors, thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Gordon Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds—Grenville, 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 young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Brown. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one that benefit both employers and youth."

With assistance from the federal Youth Awareness program, St. Lawrence College, through the Trade Roots project, will coordinate six career fairs across eastern Ontario.

Trade Roots brings together local industry, businesses, educators and employment services organizations to provide information about career and apprenticeship opportunities and offer hands-on demonstrations of the skilled trades and other professions. The career fairs will take place in the communities of Tyendinaga, Kingston, Smiths Falls, Kemptville, Morrisburg and Casselman, and are expected to draw over 4,000 participants.

St. Lawrence College will receive over $232,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding to support its Trade Roots project.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Backgrounder

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Youth Awareness 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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

The 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 www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559