Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

November 26, 2010 09:15 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Scarborough Youth Prepare for the Job Market

SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2010) - 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. Senator Salma Ataullahjan, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"For many young Canadians, making the transition to the job market is a challenge, especially in today's environment," said Senator Ataullahjan. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the youth employment project."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre will help 120 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

The project participants will benefit from one-on-one employment counselling and workshops focusing on topics such as communication, teamwork and basic computer skills. They will also gain knowledge through presentations from guest speakers.

"The Youth Employment Project at Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre is an innovative program offered by the agency, through the generous funding of Service Canada and the support of the City of Toronto," said Ms. Stephanie Whittick, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre. "It is an exciting initiative that helps over 120 youth every year throughout Toronto. Our goal is to help our clients eliminate some of the barriers standing between them and meaningful employment. Our program is an invaluable tool for youth and youth-serving agencies throughout the Greater Toronto Area."

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 Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre will receive over $275,000 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
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office