Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

April 19, 2012 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth in Winnipeg Get Jobs

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2012) - The Government of Canada announced new funding to support youth in Winnipeg to help them gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The announcement was made by Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

The Salvation Army is receiving more than $316,000 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).

"I am so pleased our government is supporting the Salvation Army's efforts to help youth access employment," said Mrs. Glover. "Our government's top priority is creating jobs and economic growth, and this investment helps us achieve those goals for Manitoba."

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 Salvation Army's Multicultural Family Centre project will attend workshops that focus on topics such as computer skills and communication. They will also attend presentations from guest speakers who will share their experiences as war-affected refugees and newcomers to Canada. Project participants will then gain valuable hands-on experience through work placements with local employers.

"We are enthusiastic about the ongoing partnership with the Government of Canada, which is transformational in the lives of newcomer youth coming from countries affected by war," said Michelle Strain, Program Supervisor for the Salvation Army Multicultural Family Centre. "We believe in our participants, we believe in the program and we believe this funding will be the catalyst to an enriched Canadian society."

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.

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