Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 30, 2009 12:58 ET

Government of Canada Helps Youth Prepare for Jobs in the North Okanagan

VERNON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 30, 2009) - Fifty youth in the North Okanagan who face barriers to entering the job market will be offered life and employability skills training thanks to Government of Canada support for a local employment project. Mr. Colin Mayes, Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Shuswap, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"The Government of Canada, in cooperation with community partners, is helping young Canadians develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Mayes. "Employer involvement and support are crucial to helping at-risk youth in the North Okanagan gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Community Futures Development Corporation of the North Okanagan (Community Futures North Okanagan) will receive more than $430,000 in federal Skills Link funding for its Trades Work Program, which will provide 50 at-risk youth with life and employability skills training to help them prepare for jobs or return to school.

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories and other stakeholders to ensure 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'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 this 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.


Established in 1984, the Community Futures Development Corporation of the North Okanagan (Community Futures North Okanagan) provides business, employment and economic development services to communities in the north end of the Okanagan Valley. Between March 30, 2009, and March 26, 2010, the organization will help 50 at-risk youth facing multiple employment barriers develop life and employability skills through workshops and real-world work experience under its Trades Work Program.

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 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