Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 12, 2011 09:00 ET

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

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 12, 2011) - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for Whitby–Oshawa, 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 Minister Flaherty. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Youth Opportunities and Options program."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, Neighbourhood Link Support Services will help 120 youth develop the skills and knowledge needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

The program participants will attend seminars and group workshops focusing on such topics as communication, thinking and problem solving, teamwork, and job preparation skills.

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.

Neighbourhood Link Support Services will receive over $340,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Youth Opportunities and Options program.


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.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

Contact Information

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