Canada's Economic Action Plan

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November 26, 2012 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth in the Moose Jaw Area Get Jobs

MOOSE JAW, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2012) - The Government of Canada is providing support for youth in the Moose Jaw area to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government's focus is upon expanding job creation measures and extending economic growth with the end-goal of securing the financial security of all Canadians," said Mr. Boughen. "This project will go a long way towards helping local youth develop valuable skills for today's job market. I am pleased that our government is investing in our youth to prepare for the workforce of tomorrow."

The Five Hills Regional Health Authority is receiving over $95,000 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).

Participants in the Five Hills Regional Health Authority's program will attend workshops that focus on resumé and cover letter writing, teamwork and leadership. Following the workshops, participants will receive support during their job search and will be connected with interested employers in industries such as construction, retail and food services.

"We are eager to continue to provide young adults with goal-focused experiences in a fun and supportive learning environment for work and life skills training," said Michelle Smerek, Case Manager for the Transitions to Employment program. "The funding for the Transitions to Employment program allows participants to discover strategies for overcoming barriers, to learn their individual values, strengths and interests and to develop the tools needed to unlock their potential for future employment and education-related opportunities."

With an annual budget 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 is providing an additional $50 million over two years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and help them develop tangible skills and gain work experience.

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 plan their careers, learn new skills and find jobs 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