Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

October 01, 2010 14:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth in Barrie and Orillia Prepare for Jobs

BARRIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 1, 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. Mr. Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Mr. Brown. "By supporting this project, we are helping Barrie and Orillia youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka will receive over $835,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support Youth Quest projects in Barrie and Orillia. The funding will help over 50 youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

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 YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is committed to improving the lives of youth and encouraging them to find the best within themselves," said Mr. Tom Coon, Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka. "This funding from Service Canada will allow us to continue to offer positive opportunities for youth to develop their skills and flourish in the workforce. We are thrilled to receive this support."

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 www.actionplan.gc.ca.

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 www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.

BACKGROUNDER

The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka is a charitable organization that serves people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through a variety of programs and initiatives, and encourages them to get involved in helping to make their community a better place. Participants will attend employability workshops and take part in work placements. The workshops will focus on such topics as communication, thinking and problem solving, teamwork, and job preparation skills. The work placements will allow the participants to put into practice the knowledge and skills gained during the workshops.

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
    819-994-2482
    or
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    819-994-5559