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March 19, 2008 15:10 ET

The Government of Canada Celebrates the Youth Animation Project

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament for Calgary Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today congratulated local youth on gaining employability skills by completing short films in partnership with local community groups. The films, which focus on promoting awareness of the environment, will be distributed to local schools.

"The Government of Canada is committed to creating the best educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said Mr. Richardson. "Our partnership with the Quickdraw Animation Society has helped 32 young people develop their skills so they can find work or return to school."

The Government of Canada provided $418,877 for this project through Skills Link, one of Canada's youth-employment programs. The Skills Link program involves employers, community organizations, and other levels of government in ensuring that young people have the opportunity to develop their skills and become contributing members of their communities.

This project reflects the Government of Canada's commitment to creating a strong economy for all Canadians. Through its Advantage Canada plan, the Government is building on Canada's strengths and gaining a global competitive advantage by reducing taxes for all Canadians, increasing competition in the marketplace, and building modern infrastructure.

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A backgrounder is attached.

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Backgrounder

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 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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