EDMONTON, Dec. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Laurie Hawn, Member of
Parliament for Edmonton Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Candice
Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), today announced support
that will equip young Canadians in Edmonton with the skills and work
experience needed to get jobs.
Our government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity all across Canada," said Minister Bergen.
"Initiatives like this will help connect youth with jobs while ensuring
that Canada's economy benefits from the skills and talents of young
"Many young people are looking for work but can't get their foot in the
door due to a lack of experience," said Mr. Hawn. "Since 2006, our
government has helped more than 555 000 young people through our Youth
Employment Strategy develop the skills they need to enter and succeed
in the job market to the benefit of the Canadian economy."
The Action for Healthy Communities Society of Edmonton is receiving more
than $323,000 from the Skills Link program to help youth facing
barriers to employment get the skills and knowledge they need to find
jobs. This program is part of the Government of Canada's Youth
Employment Strategy (YES).
The participants will develop useful skills through workshops and gain
valuable hands-on experience to prepare for jobs in the service or
"The Action for Healthy Communities Society would like to thank the
Government of Canada for funding our project once again," said Keren
Schoenberger, Project Coordinator. "This program helps youth in the
community obtain the employment skills needed to succeed in today's job
market, and enables us to create a positive relationship between
employer and employee."
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's
strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes new measures to equip Canadians with the skills and
training they need to fill skills shortages and succeed in the Canadian
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.
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 (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 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
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including youth who are
single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers 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. Since 2006,
the Skills Link initiative has helped over 179 000 youth get jobs or
return to school.
Career Focus helps youth obtain the information, skills and experience they need to
make informed career decisions, find a job or further their
education—including providing career-related work experience. Since
2006, the Career Focus initiative has helped over 26 000 youth acquire
skills to help them transition into the labour 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
school year. The employer application period for Canada Summer Jobs has
changed. Applications are now available at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj and must be submitted by January 31, 2014.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
A/Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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