VANCOUVER, May 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Harper government is providing
support for youth in the greater Vancouver area to help them gain the
skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and succeed in the
job market. The announcement was made by Dr. Kellie Leitch,
Parliamentary Secretary to 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 Dr. Leitch. "Our Youth Employment Strategy
is helping youth develop the skills and gain the experience they need
to get jobs now and prepare for the workforce of tomorrow."
The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is receiving more than $1,100,000 from the
Skills Link program to help youth overcome barriers to employment.
Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment
With annual funding of approximately $300 million, YES helps youth,
particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career
information, develop 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
"The YMCA is pleased to receive funding to help more than 130 youth,
over the next two years, develop essential skills, gain work experience
and secure employment in today's labour market," said Yael Drinkle,
Manager of Employment and Training for the YMCA of greater Vancouver.
"For more than 15 years we've been providing employment programs for
youth and we couldn't do it without the support of the federal
government and community partners."
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's broader
strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes new measures to equip Canadians 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 Canada Job Grant will transform the way Canadians receive training
by placing skills training decisions in the hands of employers and
Canadian workers. It could provide $15,000 or more per person,
including a maximum $5,000 federal contribution and matching
contributions from provinces or territories and employers. 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.
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: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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