Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 09, 2010 15:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Youth Career fair in Richmond

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2010) - Richmond youth will have the opportunity to meet local employers and explore career possibilities in their community thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Dr. Alice Wong, Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Richmond, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Dr. Wong. "Our government is proud to support activities like this one that benefit both employers and youth."

The Richmond Youth Service Agency will receive over $19,000 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to organize the 4th annual U-Connect Career and Community Fair. The event will introduce youth to a variety of local employers and community agencies, as well as employment opportunities and career possibilities available in the region.

"It is critical that young people, and those that support them, are able to connect with opportunities that help them identify and achieve their education, career and life goals," said Mr. Marshall Thompson, Executive Director of the Richmond Youth Service Agency. "Our agency believes that connecting youth to employment, education and community supports will ensure that all youth are prepared to succeed both today and tomorrow. We are pleased to partner with the Government of Canada to support youth, our community and local employers in reaching these goals."

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 participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

Youth Awareness is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. 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 Youth Awareness program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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The U-Connect Career and Community Fair, taking place from October 8 to 9, consists of information sessions led by representatives from different occupations, as well as booths from various employers, community agencies, educational institutions and professional groups. The event is expected to draw approximately 1 000 visitors.

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Contact Information

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