Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 07, 2010 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth in Eastern Ontario Prepare For Jobs

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 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. Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds–Grenville, 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 youth in Brockville and Cornwall develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

St. Lawrence College will receive $314,765 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Brockville/Cornwall YouthWorks 2010 project, which will help 48 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 program will be offered twice in Brockville and twice in Cornwall over the next 10 months," said Mr. Charlie Mignault, Director of Business Development for St. Lawrence College. "In previous programs, we have consistently had a graduation rate of 85 percent or better, and in one instance we had 100 percent of the participants graduate. Some program graduates have continued on to complete high school, taken part in post-secondary programs or found work, and we look forward to achieving the same successes."

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.


Founded in 1967, St. Lawrence College provides students with an education that focuses on results, while helping to build better communities. Between August 16, 2010, and June 17, 2011, the College will deliver a group-based project that will help 48 unemployed youth facing multiple barriers to employment enhance their life and employability skills. Participants will develop a broad range of skills and knowledge that will allow them to integrate more effectively into the labour market or further their education.

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 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.

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