Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 22, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Youth Employment Research in Selkirk

SELKIRK, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2010) - Through support from the Government of Canada, KL Consulting Ltd. will conduct research on youth participation in the local job market. Mr. James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk–Interlake, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Mr. Bezan. "That's why our government is ensuring that youth have opportunities to succeed through initiatives like the Interlake Youth Study."

With support from the federal Skills Link program, KL Consulting Ltd. will conduct research to identify employment opportunities and barriers for local youth. Based on the findings, a five-year community plan will be developed to address youth employment issues in the area. 

Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, youth with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school.

KL Consulting Ltd. will receive over $29,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Interlake Youth Study.

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As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link helps youth between 15 and 30 years of age who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits develop basic and advanced employment skills. It assists participants through a coordinated, client-centred approach that offers longer-term supports and services tailored to their specific needs to help them find and keep a job.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

Youth employment programs are also 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 Skills Link 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.

Contact Information

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