Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

July 07, 2011 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Helps Youth in Yorkton Prepare for the Job Market

YORKTON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 7, 2011) - 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 program. Mr. Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton–Melville, 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 Mr. Breitkreuz. "That's why our government is creating opportunities for youth to succeed through support for initiatives like the Prairie Harvest Employment Program."

With assistance from the federal Skills Link program, the Prairie Harvest Christian Life Centre will help 15 youth develop the skills and experience needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school.

"We are extremely pleased to continue our partnership with the Government of Canada," said Mr. Stefan Bymak, Director of the Prairie Harvest Employment Program. "During the past seven years, this relationship has helped to provide mentorship, support, job training and opportunities to more than 250 youth in our community. We are grateful and excited to see this relationship continue as we hope to continue growing to meet the needs of individuals and families within the community of Yorkton."

The project participants will benefit from a work placement through the Centre's Green Sweep recycling program. The participants will receive training in CPR, First Aid and safe forklift handling, and will assist with the daily operations in the community's recycling facility to 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 Prairie Harvest Christian Life Centre will receive over $99,000 in federal Skills Link funding to support its Prairie Harvest Employment Program.

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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.

Youth employment programs are 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

  • Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications
    Office of Minister Finley

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada