Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

June 14, 2012 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests to Help Youth With Disabilities in Winnipeg Get Jobs

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 14, 2012) - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia 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.

"Our government's top priority is creating jobs and economic growth," said Minister Fletcher. "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."

Reaching E-Quality Employment Services is receiving over $124,000 from the Skills Link program to help 16 youth with disabilities 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 Reaching E-Quality Employment Services project will attend workshops with a special emphasis on disability and related workplace issues such as accommodation and employment equity. The workshops will also include a focus on employability skills such as computer use and interview preparation. Based on their individual needs and circumstances, some participants will have the opportunity to gain work experience through job placements with local employers.

"Reaching E-Quality Employment Services would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada for Skills Link funding," said Shannon Martin, Executive Director. "This funding is essential to helping youth in our community with physical disabilities or health conditions increase their employability skills and make their transition into employment."

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