Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

April 17, 2012 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth in Merritt Get Jobs

MERRITT, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 17, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support youth in Merritt to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Cathy McLeod, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo 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 Ms. McLeod. "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."

The Ask Wellness Centre is receiving over $43,000 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 proposes 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 the ASK Wellness Centre's project will attend skills workshops that focus on topics such as resumé writing, interview preparation and teamwork. Participants will then gain hands-on experience performing maintenance and repairs on properties that are a part of ASK's Housing Outreach Program, which aims to prevent and decrease homelessness in the local area.

"We are proud to receive funding to operate a Youth Skills Link program to assist youth from the Merritt area who experience barriers to employment and education," said Bob Hughes, Executive Director of ASK Wellness Centre. "Our goal is to see the youth participants return to work or school with the valuable knowledge and skills they gained through our program."

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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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

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This news release is available online at www.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, such as 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 Youth.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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