QUÉBEC, Sept. 5, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Harper Government today
unveiled a new approach to help approximately 3000 young Canadians find
jobs in high demand sectors of the economy. The initiative will help
address labour shortages by equipping youth with skills and experience,
and creating opportunities for them to start careers in high demand
fields. The announcement was made by the Honourable Christian Paradis,
Minister of Industry, Minister of State (Agriculture) and Member of
Parliament for Mégantic-L'Érable, on behalf of the Honourable Diane
Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Addressing existing and future skills shortages is critical to ensuring
Canada's continued economic growth and long-term prosperity," said
Minister Paradis. "That is why our government is taking action now,
through Economic Action Plan 2012, to better equip our young people as
they make career decisions by introducing a new initiative that will
connect young Canadians with jobs that are in high demand and help them
develop the skills and gain the experience they need."
Under the existing national Youth Employment Strategy, this new $50
million initiative will be dedicated to projects that will connect a
total of approximately 3000 young Canadians with private sector jobs in
fields that are in high demand, such as the skilled trades and tourism.
The projects will help employers fill labour shortages while providing
youth with the all-important, on-the-job experience they need to
transition into a career.
Minister Paradis' announcement is one of a series taking place across
the country today. Minister Finley kicked off the nation-wide events by
launching two Calls for Proposals to deliver the funding—one for Career
Focus and one for Skills Link—both of which are existing programs under
the Youth Employment Strategy.
"Youth employment programs are part of the Harper Government's broader
strategy to create an educated, skilled and flexible workforce," said
Minister Paradis. "Today's youth are tomorrow's workforce, so by
investing in them we are helping contribute to Canada's long-term
growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity."
The Calls will open on September 5 and close on October 19.
Organizations across Canada are invited to apply. Organizations,
including but not limited to, businesses, not-for-profit organizations,
crown corporations, educational institutions, Aboriginal organizations,
and provincial, territorial and municipal governments can apply for
funding. Information is available at servicecanada.gc.ca.
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This news release is available online at: www.actionplan.gc.ca.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace. In Economic Action Plan 2012,
the Government of Canada committed to investing $50 million over two
years in the Youth Employment Strategy to introduce a new initiative
that will help young Canadians develop the skills and obtain the
experience they need to get jobs in high demand sectors of the Canadian
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. Under the Career Focus Call for Proposals, organizations can receive up to $1.5 million per year to connect
recent post-secondary graduates with private sector work experience in
high demand occupations. Projects must be delivered in a minimum of
three different provinces or territories.
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. Under the Skills Link Call for Proposals, organizations can receive up to $2 million per year to provide youth
with skills development and private sector work experience in high
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth
employment initiatives, please visit Youth.gc.ca.
SOURCE: HUMAN RESOURCES AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CANADA
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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