STELLARTON, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 11, 2012) - The Government of Canada highlighted support for youth in Nova Scotia to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. 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, made the announcement during an open house at Summer Street Industries.
"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."
Summer Street Industries is a community organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities maximize their potential and independence. Minister MacKay attended the open house in part to celebrate the successful completion of Summer Street Industries youth employment project, which he announced funding for last year.
Minister MacKay also took the occasion to announce over $2.1 million in federal funding for 18 community organizations across Nova Scotia to help youth overcome barriers to employment. This funding is being provided through the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) and the Youth Awareness program.
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. Youth Awareness complements YES by promoting youth as the workforce of the future and by expanding their awareness of career and educational opportunities.
Economic Action Plan 2012 proposes an additional $50 million over two years to enhance the Youth Employment Strategy 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.
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.
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The following organizations will receive Skills Link funding:
- Acadia Centre for Social and Business Entrepreneurship - $89,055
- Bay St Lawrence Community Centre - $12,264
- Career Connections Society - $70,749
- Eskasoni Band Council - $158,854
- McNair Bros Plumbing & Heating Ltd - $10,331
- MetroWorks will receive - $34,600 in federal Skills Link funding.
- Phoenix Youth Programs - $486,556
- Saint Mary's University Business Development Centre - $98,551
- YMCA of Cape Breton - $568,103
- YWCA Halifax - $240,552
- Victoria Co-operative Fisheries Limited - $10,902
The following organizations will receive Career Focus funding:
- I Promise Performance Incorporated - $15,000
- Norex.ca Limited - $15,000
- ViewPoint Gallery - $19,554
The following organizations will receive Youth Awareness funding:
- Cape Breton Business Partnership Inc. - $37,417
- FutureWorx Society - $68,239
- Skills Canada Nova Scotia - $188,121
- Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic - $30,000
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.
Youth Awareness complements the Youth Employment Strategy. It provides financial assistance for projects designed to promote youth as the workforce of the future and aims to expand their awareness of career and educational opportunities.
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth employment initiatives, please visit Youth.gc.ca.