Canada's Economic Action Plan

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July 20, 2012 10:27 ET

Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth in Manitoba Get Jobs

CHURCHILL, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 20, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support young graduates in Manitoba 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 Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Regional Minister for Manitoba, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"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," said Minister Toews. "I am very pleased to be able to witness first-hand the impact that these investments are having on rural and northern communities throughout Canada."

The Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) is receiving $25,000 from the Career Focus program to help recent graduates apply the skills they acquired through their education and make the transition to work. Career Focus 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 Career Focus and Skills Link programs and the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.

Economic Action Plan 2012 is providing 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.

The participants in CNSC's project will work as environmental research assistants to gain valuable career experience in their field of study. The participants will conduct field and laboratory research on sub-arctic environments and present their findings at a national science symposium.

"As a community-based organization serving Canadian universities, government agencies and international organizations, CNSC will provide an opportunity for these graduates to learn from world-class scientists," said LeeAnn Fishback, Scientific Coordinator for the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. "These interns will gain valuable skills in research coordination, logistics, teamwork, communication and safety while conducting field-based programs."

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.

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.

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.

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