Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

May 25, 2012 15:19 ET

Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth in Vancouver Get Jobs

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support youth in Vancouver to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and for Western Economic Diversification, and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, 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 Mr. Saxton. "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."

Éducacentre College is receiving over $485,000 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.

The participants in the Éducacentre project will attend skills workshops that focus on topics such as conflict resolution and personal budget management. They will also have the opportunity to obtain various certifications, including first aid and computer literacy. The participants will then gain hands-on experience through work placements with local employers.

"Since 2005, the Youth at Work project has allowed almost 200 youth to develop their competencies and acquire the experience needed to succeed in the labour market," said Mr. Yvon Laberge, Director General of Éducacentre College. "The supervision and training provided as part of the program have a major impact on the school-to-work transition of participants. Éducacentre College is proud to continue helping youth overcome their employment barriers and reach their full potential."

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, 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 Youth.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Marian Ngo
    Office of Minister Finley
    819-994-2482

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