Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

February 24, 2011 14:00 ET

Minister MacKay announces help for youth in New Glasgow

NEW GLASGOW, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2011) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"I know that for many young Nova Scotians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Minister MacKay. "Our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed with initiatives like this youth employment project."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the Summer Street Industries Society will help 20 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

The project participants will take part in group-based employability workshops and benefit from job placements. The workshops will cover topics such as résumé writing, interview preparation and decision-making while the job placements will allow the participants to apply their new skills and gain hands-on experience.

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.

The Summer Street Industries Society will receive almost $500, 000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its youth employment project.

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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 job 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
    Office of Minister MacKay
    Andrea MacDonald
    Special Assistant Communications
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office