Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 24, 2011 12:00 ET

Governments of Canada and Yukon Promote Careers in the Skilled Trades and Technology Sectors to Youth

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - July 24, 2011) - Yukon youth will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and learn about career options in the trades and technology sectors, thanks to support from the governments of Canada and Yukon.

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, along with Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski and the Honourable Patrick Rouble, Minister of Education for Yukon.

"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 Minister MacKay. "Our government is taking action to prepare youth for their futures. That's why we are very happy to support Skills Canada Yukon and its annual Territorial Skills Competition."

"Skilled trade workers are a cornerstone of Yukon's economy," said Minister Rouble. "We recognize the successful results already achieved by Skills Canada Yukon and are proud to support their work in the promotion of skilled trades and technology careers, preparing Yukoners for Yukon opportunities."

With support, Skills Canada Yukon will organize and promote the annual Yukon Territorial Skills Competition. Skills competitions are an exceptional showcase for talented young competitors who inspire other young people to discover the trades, technologies and service sectors.

"Yukon students and apprentices continue to enjoy unprecedented success in a variety of skilled trades and technologies disciplines, both nationally and internationally," said Dan Curtis, Executive Director Skills Canada Yukon. "This success is made possible by the ongoing partnership and funding from our contributing partners."

Skills Canada Yukon will receive over $222 000 in federal Youth Awareness funding and more than $100 000 from the territory to organize the competition. Both governments are strong advocates of Skills Canada and its provincial and territorial chapters, which host annual skills competitions and promote careers in skilled trades and technology to Canadian youth.

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The Youth Awareness program provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market issues facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future.

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 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

  • Alyson Queen
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

    Elaine Schiman
    Cabinet Communications
    Government of Yukon

    Chris Madden
    Communications, Education