Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 08, 2010 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Toronto Prepare for Labour Market

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for two employment projects. Mr. Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, 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. Wallace. "By supporting these projects, we are helping Toronto youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The City of Toronto will receive over $1.9 million in federal Skills Link funding to support two youth employment programs: Toronto Youth Job Corps and Youth Employment Toronto. These two programs will help over 1,000 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

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. 

"Young Torontonians are this city's greatest resource for building a sustainable and prosperous future," said His Worship David Miller, Mayor of the City of Toronto. "This funding contribution from HRSDC will allow the City and our community partners to deliver two separate youth employment programs, providing young people with the resources and work experience they require to get started on their chosen path."

The federal government is working with the provinces, territories, municipalities, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

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. To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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

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Since 1986, the City of Toronto has organized the Toronto Youth Job Corps, a 21-week paid employment preparation program for youth. Three community agencies across the City deliver this program, which consists of two phases: group workshops and work placements. From May 17, 2010, to May 13, 2011, in partnership with the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto will help 156 youth facing barriers to employment complete the program, and gain the skills and experience they need to make the transition to the labour market or return to school. Projects will also include community service initiatives.

Youth Employment Toronto (YET) is a youth employment outreach program run by the City of Toronto. Toronto has a large number of youth who have left school, are facing significant barriers to employment and are not aware of the employment resources and services available to them. Through YET, city staff visit locations where youth gather, such as hostels, arcades, malls and subsidized housing complexes across the City, and meet with youth, providing them with guidance and referring them to the resources and services they require. From July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, in partnership with the Government of Canada, YET staff will provide outreach services to approximately 1,900 youth and help 950 of them who are facing barriers to employment gain the skills and experience they need to make the transition to the labour market 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, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

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.

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