Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 19, 2011 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in London and Strathroy Prepare for Their Careers

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 19, 2011) - Local youth will have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Ms. Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament for London North Centre, and Mr. Bev Shipley, Member of Parliament for Lambton–Kent–Middlesex, 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 Ms. Truppe. "Our government is proud to support activities like the Strathroy Career Fair that benefit both employers and youth."

"The Strathroy Career Fair lets young people know that skills and training are important and creates opportunities for them to succeed," said Mr. Shipley. "Our government recognizes just how important this type of event is to helping youth shape their futures."

With assistance from the federal Youth Awareness program, Youth Opportunities Unlimited will organize the Strathroy Career Fair to provide youth with the opportunity to network with employers and receive information on educational and employment options. This year's fair, scheduled for October, is expected to draw more than 500 visitors and will include information booths and speaker sessions delivered by exhibitors and experts from various industries and educational institutions.

Youth Opportunities Unlimited will receive over $29,000 in federal Youth Awareness funding to support the Strathroy Career Fair.

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. The program 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

  • Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559