CALGARY, AB, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is providing
support for youth in Calgary to help them gain the skills, knowledge
and experience they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The
announcement was made by Michelle Rempel, Parliamentary Secretary to
the Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for
Calgary Centre-North, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley,
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Ms. Rempel "The Government of Canada's
Youth Employment Strategy is helping youth develop the skills and gain
the experience they need to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary are receiving more than $433,000
from the Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to
employment. Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth
Employment Strategy (YES).
Using the arts as a medium for learning, youth will gain valuable life
and job skills through various classroom sessions and workshops on
topics such as budgeting and conflict resolution. They will develop
team building abilities through group activities at places such as a
museum, science centre and the organization's recording studio. They
will also gain work experience through job placements with local
employers in positions such as customer service, food preparation or
"The Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary are privileged to receive funding
that will allow us to provide youth with employment and life skills
through an arts-based curriculum," said Cheryl Doherty, CEO, Boys and
Girls Clubs of Calgary. "We are dedicated to equipping young people
with the skills required to be successful in the Canadian workforce and
in turn, be able to look towards a more hopeful future."
With annual funding of more than $300 million, YES helps youth,
particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career
information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.
YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada
Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities
for students every summer.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes an additional investment of $70
million over three years to support 5 000 more paid internships. This
is further to the extra $50 million that was invested through Economic
Action Plan 2012 to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects
young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and helps them
develop tangible skills and gain work experience.
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader
strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce. 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 actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new
skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.
Economic Action Plan 2013 proposes new measures to connect Canadians
with available jobs and equip them with the skills and training they
need. These include the Canada Job Grant, creating opportunities for
apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups such as
people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, newcomers and youth.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment, including youth who are
single parents, youth with disabilities and youth in rural and remote
areas, to develop the skills and gain the experience needed to find a
job or the confidence to return to school.
Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to
give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills
to transition into the job market.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector
employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create
summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are
full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth
employment initiatives, please visit youth.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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