Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 22, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Grande Prairie Prepare for Jobs

GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2010) - Local youth will get an opportunity to enhance and develop their employment skills through two Grande Prairie Regional College projects sponsored by the Government of Canada. Mr. Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River, 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 they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Warkentin. "Our government is proud to support projects that offer young people the opportunity to develop the skills and gain the experience that will help them reach their full potential."

Grande Prairie Regional College will receive over $455,000 in Youth Employment Strategy funding for two projects aimed at helping youth enter the labour market: the Career First Steps project and the Aboriginal Industrial Workers Employment Program.

The Career First Steps project will help five recent post-secondary graduates acquire advanced skills through career-related work experience.

"Grande Prairie Regional College is proud to be part of such a worthwhile government initiative," said Dr. Jerry Petryshyn, Dean of the School of Health, Wellness and Career Studies at Grande Prairie Regional College. "Working together, we can give young graduates a chance to obtain career-related experience and develop skills in their chosen profession."

The Aboriginal Industrial Workers Employment Program will help 24 Aboriginal youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

"The College has been working with the Government of Canada to provide employment programs for Aboriginal youth for approximately two years, helping up to 48 youth become actively employed in the region," said Ms. Hiedi Yardley, Aboriginal Program Coordinator at Grande Prairie Regional College. "We are pleased to continue our work assisting local Aboriginal youth in pursuit of their employment and educational aspirations." 


The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy aims to help young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The Strategy includes three programs: Career Focus, Skills Link and Summer Work Experience. 

Youth Employment Strategy programs are delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information, visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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Contact Information

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