Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

September 20, 2010 09:00 ET

Youth in the Waterloo Region Encouraged to Explore Careers in Skilled Trades and Technology

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 20, 2010) - Local youth will have the opportunity to showcase their talents in the skilled trades and learn about career opportunities in the trades and technology sectors thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology) (Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario), 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 young Canadians have the skills and information they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister of State Goodyear. "Our government is proud to support activities like these ones that benefit both employers and youth."

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin will receive $47,577 through the Government of Canada's Youth Awareness program to organize and promote two career and training fairs that will help make careers in the skilled trades and technology sectors more visible and accessible to youth.

"The career and training fairs are important in developing a broader understanding among young people as to the scope of and demand for careers available within their communities and where to access the training that can lead them to these careers," said Ms. Charlene Hofbauer, Partnerships and Project Coordinator with the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin. "These events will present career and training opportunities for youth who are unemployed, underemployed or in transition while showcasing youth as a viable workforce for employers."

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 participate in the workforce and contribute to their communities.

Youth Awareness 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 Youth Awareness 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.

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The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin works with partners to find solutions to local workforce development challenges. From September 13, 2010, to May 6, 2011, the organization, in partnership with local employers and educational institutions, will promote awareness among youth and employers about the labour market needs of the near future.

The Youth Awareness program, funded under Employment Insurance Part II, provides financial assistance for projects designed to address specific labour market requirements facing communities, and aims to promote youth as the workforce of the future among recipients, employers, communities and young Canadians.

Contact Information

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