Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

March 18, 2011 13:00 ET

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

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for two employment projects. Ms. Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood–Port Kells, 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 Ms. Grewal. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like these employment projects."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the Pathfinder Youth Centre Society, through two projects, will help 48 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

The participants in both projects will attend workshops that focus on topics such as team building, conflict resolution and effective communication.

The participants in the Working Together 9 project will benefit from work experience that involves organizing community-service activities including sports camps for children and youth, community carnivals and leisure activities for seniors. The participants in the Employment Beginnings 9 project will benefit from job placements in the retail, restaurant and hotel industries. Both projects will allow the participants to apply the new skills learned in the workshops 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 Pathfinder Youth Centre Society will receive a total of over $739,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support the Working Together 9 and Employment Beginnings 9 projects.

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As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, Skills Link 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 participate successfully 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
    Ryan Sparrow
    Director of Communications
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office