Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

April 09, 2009 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth Prepare for Jobs

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 9, 2009) - Young Canadians facing barriers to employment will get valuable job preparation training and work experience as a result of the Government of Canada's support for a local employment project. Mr. Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"It is more important than ever that youth develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in today's job market," said Mr. Saxton. "We are pleased 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."

The Adult Learning Development Association (ALDA) will receive more than $276,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth Prep project. The project will provide 18 youth with learning disabilities with training and work experience to help them prepare for jobs.

"ALDA is honoured to have the continued support of HRSDC in our efforts to instil in youth the assurance that they are capable of being successful in the workplace," said Mr. Dave McNea, Chief Executive Officer of ALDA. "ALDA has helped change the lives of many people who have learning disabilities and concomitant issues by turning the focus on what really matters, a person's strengths and abilities."

The federal government is working in partnership with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders to make sure that Canadians get the training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the work force and contribute to the quality of life in their communities.

Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible work force in the world. The Government underscored this commitment in January when it introduced 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, go on the Internet at or visit your local Service Canada Centre.


With a strong professional network and knowledge of the local economy, the Adult Learning Development Association (ALDA) provides training, work experience and support to adults with learning disabilities in Vancouver. Between April 1, 2009, and March 31, 2010, ALDA, through its Youth Prep project, will provide employability skills training and work experiences to 18 youth facing barriers to employment.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada 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 young persons with disabilities, Aboriginal youth, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, youth who have dropped out of high school, and single parents. 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