Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 21, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Saskatoon Prepare for Jobs

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Saskatoon youth will benefit from Government of Canada support for a local employment project. Ms. Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's economic environment, it is more important than ever that our youth develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said Ms. Block. "We are proud to provide young Canadians facing employment barriers with an opportunity to gain the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Regional Employment Development will receive $459,972 in federal Skills Link funding to support its What Works! Project, which will help 42 youth prepare for and find meaningful employment.

"Regional Employment Development is pleased to receive this funding for the delivery of the What Works! Project," said Ms. Joanne Burkitt, Executive Director of Regional Employment Development Inc. "Our team is dedicated to assisting all of our clients reach their full potential by providing professional career planning and employment readiness services. All individuals who participate in the What Works! Project will acquire the skills, knowledge, information and work experience they need to prepare for and participate in today's labour market."

The federal government is working 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.


Established in 1976, Regional Employment Development is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping its clients achieve their full potential by providing career planning and employment readiness services based on each client's individual needs. Between November 24, 2008, and May 28, 2010, the organization, through its What Works! Project, will provide group-based, employability skills workshops and work experience to 42 youth with barriers to employment in the Saskatoon area, in order to help them make the transition to work or return to school.

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.

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