Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 30, 2010 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Kitchener-Waterloo Youth Prepare for Jobs

KITCHENER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2010) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for a downtown non-profit restaurant. Mr. Stephen Woodworth, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's economy, it is more important than ever that young people develop the skills they need to succeed in the job market," said Mr. Woodworth. "By supporting this project, our government is helping Kitchener-Waterloo youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

Ray of Hope will receive significant federal Skills Link funding to support its Morning Glory Cafés project, which will help 16 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

"Ray of Hope extends a sincere thank-you to the federal government for its continued support," said Ms. Debbie Woodhall, Director of Finance, Ray of Hope. "We are celebrating our 10th anniversary of the Morning Glory Café and Bakery, where our Skills Link program operates. Many people's lives have been positively impacted through their participation in this innovative employment program."

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. 

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

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 labour market while the economy recovers.

Skills Link 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 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.

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Ray of Hope provides social services to young men and women who struggle with crime, addiction or homelessness issues. The organization offers youth employment, youth addiction and community support services in a safe and inviting environment. The Morning Glory Cafés project is a training program designed to teach practical skills and positive work habits to those facing employment barriers. Over a six-month period, participants will develop a combination of work-related and life skills by helping in the operation of two stylish cafés/bakeries, allowing them to gain experience in the hospitality and retail sectors.

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 focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an individual's specific needs. The program supports youth in developing basic and advanced employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years of age—who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits—are assisted through a coordinated approach, offering longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job.

Contact Information

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