Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

May 29, 2012 08:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth in Halifax Get Jobs

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - May 29, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support youth in Halifax 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 Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister responsible for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's top priority is creating jobs and economic growth," said Minister MacKay. "Our government'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."

Saint Mary's University is receiving over $99,000 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).

With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.

Economic Action Plan 2012 will provide an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES so that more young people can gain tangible skills and experience. This funding will focus on connecting young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand.

Participants in the Saint Mary's University project will develop employment action plans and attend workshops that focus on topics such as computer skills and interview techniques. They will then gain hands-on experience through work placements with local employers.

"The Skills Link program funding allows us to do some of our most important work with the youth of Halifax Regional Municipality," said Michael Sanderson, Manager of Skills Development and Training at the Saint Mary's University Business Development Centre. "Our Skills Link employability program encourages individual and group work where we help youth discover their passions, set career goals, gain confidence in their abilities and increase their desire to make a positive difference in their communities. We look forward to helping Halifax youth prepare for future careers by connecting them with the world around them through self-discovery and awareness, and by opening doors to future opportunities."

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

The Government of Canada is helping youth prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment through enhanced online services available at

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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.

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

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada