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February 04, 2013 13:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth in Calgary Get Jobs

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2013) - The Government of Canada is providing support for youth in Calgary to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs) and Member of Parliament for Calgary-Nose Hill, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Ablonczy. "The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow.

The City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre is receiving over $79,000 from the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).

The Youth Employment Centre will partner with local businesses to provide participants with work experience opportunities based on their individual needs and interests. Participants will also be provided with job coaching to help them succeed.

"Entering the work world can be daunting enough at the best of times, but for youth with minimal experience, incomplete education and various daily struggles, it's a very big hill to climb," said Cheryl Joynt, Manager, Children and Youth Services at the City of Calgary. "By working together, the Government of Canada and the City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre can support both youth and their employers, which is good news for all Calgarians."

In addition, Minister Ablonczy also encouraged employers to submit applications under Canada Summer Jobs. The employer application period was launched on February 1 and applications can be submitted up to February 28, 2013. Applications for employers are available online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013 and at Service Canada Centres.

"Through Canada Summer Jobs, we're helping to create up to 36 000 jobs for students," added Minister Ablonczy. "This program helps students gain work experience, links employers with enthusiastic workers for the summer and spurs job creation and economic growth. It's a win-win-win that we're happy to support."

Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. 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 actionplan.gc.ca.

The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.

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This news release is available online at: actionplan.gc.ca.

Backgrounder

The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace.

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, including youth who are single parents, youth with disabilities and youth in rural and remote areas, to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills to transition into the job market.

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

Not-for-profit employers are eligible for up to 100 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage and mandatory employment-related costs. Public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible for up to 50 percent of the provincial/territorial minimum hourly wage.

Interested employers can apply online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013.

To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth employment initiatives, please visit youth.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559