Canada's Economic Action Plan

Canada's Economic Action Plan

September 05, 2012 08:00 ET

Harper Government Helps 3000 Young Canadians Find Jobs

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2012) - The Harper Government today unveiled a new approach that will help approximately 3000 young Canadians find jobs in high demand sectors of the economy. The initiative will help address labour shortages by equipping youth with skills and experience, and creating opportunities for them to start careers in high demand fields. The announcement was made by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, at an event hosted by the Greater Halifax Partnership at Nova Scotia Community College.

"To help ensure Canada's continued economic growth and long-term prosperity, we must take action now to address existing skills shortages and better equip our young people as they make career decisions," said Minister Finley. "Our government is committed to supporting youth employment and that is why, through Economic Action Plan 2012, we are introducing a new initiative that will connect young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand, giving them better opportunities to develop the skills that are required for today's labour market and into the future."

Under the existing national Youth Employment Strategy, the new initiative will be dedicated to projects that will connect a total of approximately 3000 young Canadians with jobs in fields that are in high demand, such as the skilled trades and tourism. The projects will help employers fill labour shortages while providing youth with the all-important, on-the-job experience they need to transition into a career.

Projects will be selected through two Calls for Proposals-one for Career Focus and one for Skills Link, both of which are existing programs under the Youth Employment Strategy.

"Youth employment programs are part of the Harper Government's broader strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce," said Minister Finley. "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 Calls will open on September 5 and close on October 19. Organizations across Canada are invited to apply. Organizations, including but not limited to, businesses, not-for-profit organizations, crown corporations, educational institutions, Aboriginal organizations and provincial, territorial and municipal governments can apply for funding. Information is available at

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The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. In Economic Action Plan 2012, the Government committed to investing $50 million over two years in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to introduce a new initiative that will help young Canadians develop the skills and obtain the experience they need to get jobs in high demand sectors of the Canadian economy.

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. Under the Career Focus Call for Proposals, projects must connect recent post-secondary graduates with private sector work experience in high demand occupations and be delivered in a minimum of three different provinces or territories.

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. Under the Skills Link Call for Proposals, projects must provide youth facing barriers to employment with skills development and private sector work experience in high demand occupations.

To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth employment initiatives, please visit

Contact Information

  • Alyson Queen
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada