Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 09, 2010 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Youth and Seniors in Taber

TABER, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - By supporting these two projects, the Government of Canada is supporting local youth who face barriers to employment get job preparation training and work experience while helping seniors contribute their skills, knowledge and experience to the community. Mr. LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"Our government is committed to improving the lives of all Canadians, and is proud to support local organizations with the same goal," said Mr. Payne. "By supporting these projects, we are helping Taber youth develop their skills and knowledge while helping seniors share and contribute theirs."

The Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association will receive over $143,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth Employment Program 2010, which will help 12 youth facing employment barriers gain the skills and experience needed to enter the labour market or the confidence to return to school. Participants in Youth Employment Program 2010 will attend workshops that focus on topics such as literacy skills and resume writing, attend presentations from guest speakers and visit work sites related to their field of interest. They will also gain work experience with local employers. 

The Association will also receive $25,000 in federal New Horizons for Seniors Program funding to support its Seniors Day of Caring project, which will give 200 seniors new opportunities to contribute to the community.

"We are thankful to the Government of Canada for its support of the Youth Employment Program and the Seniors Day of Caring," said Ms. Jane Brenner, Executive Director of the Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association. "Youth are our future and seniors are an invaluable resource who will help youth reach their full potential. These programs will empower the youth and seniors and will give them the essential skills they need to engage with and be successful members of our community."

This project is a good example of how the federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young people with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an individual's specific needs. The program supports youth in developing basic and advanced employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years of age who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits are assisted through a coordinated approach offering longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job.

The New Horizons for Seniors Program offers three types of funding to organizations:

1. Community Participation and Leadership funding (up to $25,000 in funding per project). This funding supports community-based projects across Canada. The projects encourage seniors to continue to play an important role in their communities by helping those in need, providing leadership, and sharing their knowledge and skills with others.

2. Capital Assistance funding (up to $25,000 in funding per project). This funding helps non-profit organizations that need to upgrade facilities or equipment used for existing seniors' programs and activities. It enables seniors to continue to lead active lives by participating in existing programs and activities in their communities.

3. Elder Abuse Awareness funding (up to $250,000 in funding per year for a maximum of three years). This funding helps non-profit organizations and coalitions raise awareness of the abuse of seniors at a national or regional level. Through this funding, new educational and awareness resources about elder abuse will be available to improve the quality of life, safety and security of seniors.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office