OTTAWA, Oct. 24, 2013 /CNW/ — The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of
State (Social Development), today recognized the success of the
Pathways to Education program during a visit to their Ottawa location.
Pathways to Education provides tutoring, mentoring and other services
to help disadvantaged students tackle challenges inside and outside the
classroom. Over 4 700 students currently receive help from Pathways to
Education, while more than 1 000 have graduated from the program.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity, and our investments in education and learning are
vital to achieving these goals," said Minister of State Bergen. "When
something works and works well, you support it. That is why I am proud
to highlight our partnership with Pathways to Education so more young
Canadians can get the education and skills they need to find good
The Government of Canada's continued support for Pathways to Education
is helping youth living in low-income communities with high
unemployment stay in school and get the education they need to succeed
now and in the future.
Pathways, which originated in Toronto, now operates in 12 communities
across Canada, with sites in Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and Manitoba.
In these communities, high school completion rates and post-secondary
education participation have dramatically increased since the
introduction of the program. In certain communities, the high school
drop-out rate has decreased by as much as 70 percent, and the rate at
which program participants go on to college or university is up by 300
"The young people we work with are the best ambassadors for Pathways
that we could ever ask for," says David Hughes, CEO of Pathways to
Education Canada. "They were very eager to meet Minister Bergen and
show her how government investments in Pathways to Education are making
real and lasting differences in their lives and in their communities."
Youth programs are part of the Government of Canada's strategy to
connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan 2013 includes several new initiatives to help youth develop the skills and
gain the experience they need to get jobs. For example, the Government
is providing young people with more and better information about
careers in high-demand fields and is also creating 5000 more paid
internships through the federal Youth Employment Strategy.
The Government of Canada is also helping youth plan their careers, learn
new skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.
Pathways to Education Canada
Pathways to Education Canada is a not-for-profit organization focused on helping students in
low-income communities by providing tutoring, mentoring and other
services in partnership with community organizations, the private
sector and other levels of government. Over the past three years, with
support from both Economic Action Plan 2010 and 2013, Pathways has
grown from serving approximately 2 500 students at eight sites in two
provinces to over 4 700 students at 12 sites in four provinces.
Economic Action Plan
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, which will invest in skills training for unemployed
and underemployed Canadians, better ensuring they are qualified to fill
the high-quality, well-paying jobs that are available. Economic Action
Plan 2013 is also creating opportunities for apprentices and providing
support to under-represented groups such as Canadians with
disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth.
Additionally, post-secondary education is vital to Canada's economic
growth and future prosperity, and is the best route to a well-paying,
high-quality job. That is why the Government of Canada continues to
invest in post-secondary education, including apprenticeships, to make
sure it is accessible for all Canadians through loans, grants, tax
credits and support for training programs.
The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada's commitment
to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace.With annual
funding of approximately $300 million, YES helps youth—particularly
those facing barriers to employment—obtain career information, develop
employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.
In addition to existing funding, Economic Action Plan 2012 invested an
extra $50 million to enhance YES with a new initiative that connects
young Canadians with jobs in high demand and helps them develop
tangible skills and gain work experience. Economic Action Plan 2013 is
investing $70 million over three years to create 5 000 more paid
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
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