Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 29, 2010 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth in Yorkton Prepare for Labour Market

YORKTON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - March 29, 2010) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. Mr. Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton–Melville, 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. Breitkreuz. "By supporting this project, we are helping Yorkton youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

"As a former school teacher myself, I am convinced that proper preparation for employment is the route to personal achievement," he added. "I am delighted that the federal government is investing in the young Canadians who will meet the exciting challenges of tomorrow head-on."

Second Chance Community Skills (SCCS) will receive $70,073 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Growth Program, which will help four 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. 

"SCCS is very pleased with the funding being provided for the Growth Program, as it will allow four eligible individuals to begin a career," said Mr. Corey Fransishyn, Founder of Second Chance Community Skills' Growth Program. "The community of Yorkton will feel the benefits of this project for years to come."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, 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

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, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.


Second Chance Community Skills' Growth Program helps young adults with limited employment opportunites by providing them with renovation and construction skills training, and affordable housing options in the community. Between March 15, 2010, and March 11, 2011, through this program, the organization will provide work experience placements to four youth facing barriers to employment to help them make the transition to the labour market or return to school. The participants will benefit from on-the-job training, along with mentorship and life skills monitoring. The work experience activities include learning basic construction skills such as demolition, drywalling, painting and the handling of tools.

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
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office