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August 18, 2008 08:00 ET

The Governments of Canada and New Brunswick Help Edmundston-Area Youth Get Skills That Lead to Good Jobs

EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2008) - Young people in Edmundston struggling with barriers to employment will get help to develop the skills they need to find and keep quality jobs through a new project with the Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB) - Edmundston and the governments of Canada and New Brunswick. The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and the Honourable Ed Doherty, New Brunswick's Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, made the announcement today.

"Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our Government are committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Minister Thompson. "Our partnership with CCNB - Edmundston will help local youth get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to take advantage of the job market."

CCNB - Edmundston will receive $190,202 in funding through Service Canada's Skills Link program. This funding will allow 18 local youth to develop life and employability skills through classroom instruction on such topics as communication skills and self-motivation, and by participating in work placements.

The Government of New Brunswick is providing $17,000 of in-kind support for this project, which runs until March 2009. The provincial partnership with Service Canada is a practical way to help young people in the Madawaska and Grand Falls regions become better positioned to enter the labour force or return to their studies.

"This is CCNB - Edmundston's third such initiative, and we are pleased to provide a workshop setting and the necessary supports," said Minister Doherty. "This program is very positive, and I am delighted to see the employment competencies of these individuals be improved so they may be better equipped to succeed."

This project reflects the federal government's commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through its Advantage Canada plan, the Government is not only focusing on developing work-force skills, but is also building on Canada's strengths and gaining a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, building modern infrastructure, and eliminating the debt.

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Skills Link

The Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada programs that help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop employability skills, gain work experience, find good jobs, and stay employed. The two other programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping young people who face barriers to employment. These young people include high school drop-outs, single parents, Aboriginal youth, young people with disabilities, youth in rural areas, and recent immigrants. Summer Work Experience helps secondary and post-secondary students find summer jobs. Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates develop advanced skills and find careers in their fields. All three programs provide a range of activities that can be tailored to meet individual needs.

Projects funded under the Skills Link program have been reviewed to ensure compliance with the Department's administration of its grants and contributions programs, and are subject to review under the Financial Administration Act.

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Contact Information

  • Media enquiries:
    Service Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Government of New Brunswick
    Andrew Holland
    Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
    Public enquiries:
    1 800 O-Canada (1-800-622-6232)
    TTY: 1-800-926-9105
    Youth Info Line