Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

April 12, 2012 16:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Youth in Skilled Trades

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - April 12, 2012) - Over 450 youth from across Manitoba competed in more than 40 trade and technology fields at the Skills Manitoba Competition today. Speaking at the awards ceremony, 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, congratulated all the participants and announced an investment in Skills Manitoba.

"Our government's top priority is job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity, and our strong partnership with Skills/Compétences Canada is helping achieve that," said Ms. Glover. "Through our grants, tax credits and support for training programs such as apprenticeships, we are encouraging young Canadians to enter meaningful careers in the skilled trades."

As part of the Government's commitment to supporting youth on their path towards gainful employment, Economic Action Plan 2012 will invest an additional $50 million over two years to enhance the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) so that more young people can gain tangible skills and experience.

Ms. Glover announced that Skills Manitoba is receiving $184,000 from the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness initiative, which complements YES. This investment accompanies other initiatives, such as apprenticeship grants that provide up to $4,000 to help apprentices complete their training and launch rewarding careers.

Ms. Glover also highlighted the Government of Canada's continued funding support of Skills/Compétences Canada and its provincial and territorial chapters.

"Skilled tradespeople are in demand by employers, and that will only grow when we face further labour shortages. Skills competitions like this one are an exceptional way to inspire young people to explore rewarding careers in the trades, technologies and services industries," added Ms. Glover. "Today's youth are tomorrow's workforce, so by investing in them, we are helping contribute to Canada's long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity."

The Government of Canada remains committed to helping youth prepare for, find and maintain meaningful employment.

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The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and Apprenticeship Completion Grant are designed to make a career in the trades an attractive choice and encourage more apprentices to complete their training. As a result of these grants, apprentices in designated Red Seal trades could be eligible to receive up to $4,000, which can be used to pay for tuition, tools or other expenses. To date, the Government of Canada has provided over $382 million in apprenticeship grants to Canadians to encourage them to become skilled tradespeople.

The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. 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.

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 age 15 to 30 who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.

Youth Awareness complements the Youth Employment Strategy. It provides financial assistance for projects designed to promote youth as the workforce of the future and aims to expand their awareness of career and educational opportunities.

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Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada