Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

May 18, 2010 08:20 ET

Ontario Youth Encouraged to Explore Careers in Skilled Trades and Technology

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - Local youth will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and learn about career opportunities in the trades and technology sectors thanks to support from the Government of Canada. Mr. Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener–Waterloo, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"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 Mr. Braid. "Our government is taking action to help youth reach their full potential, and that is why we are very proud to support the 2010 Ontario Technological Skills Competition."

Skills Canada Ontario will receive $377,794 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program, which complements the federal Youth Employment Strategy, to organize and promote the 2010 Ontario Technological Skills Competition, being held from May 17 to 19. The Government is a strong supporter 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.

"We couldn't fulfill our mandate of promoting careers in the skilled trades and technologies to Ontario's youth without this important funding," said Ms. Gail Smyth, Executive Director of Skills Canada Ontario. "This financial backing allows us to continue our world-class annual competition, the largest of its kind in Canada."

Ms. Smyth also noted that Ontario businesses are the ultimate beneficiary, since the Ontario Technological Skills Competition nurtures and celebrates the future workforce of thousands of businesses, embracing more than 150 trades and technologies: "Ontario has a brighter future thanks to the Government of Canada's ongoing support."

Through Canada's "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government invested $108 million over three years to assist young people looking to gain skills and experience. As part of that investment, the Youth Employment Strategy's Career Focus and Skills Link programs will receive a one-time increase of $60 million to help more young Canadians while the economy recovers. The Strategy helps youth, particularly those facing barriers to employment, gain the skills and experience they need to make a successful transition to the workplace. 

The Youth Awareness program 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

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Skills Canada is a national, not-for-profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. Through provincial, national and international skills competitions, the organization helps make these careers more visible to teachers, students, parents and the general public. The organization's unique position among private and public sector partners enables it to work toward securing Canada's future skilled labour needs while helping young people discover rewarding career opportunities.

The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy aims to help young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information, skills and work experience they need to make a successful transition to the workplace. The Strategy includes three components: Career Focus, Skills Link, and Summer Work Experience.

The Youth Awareness program, which complements the Youth Employment Strategy, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Office of Minister Finley
    Michelle Bakos
    Press Secretary
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office