PLESSISVILLE, QC, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada
is providing support for youth in the region of L'Érable to help them
gain the skills, knowledge and experience they need to enter and
succeed in the job market. The announcement was made today by the
Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of
State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament for Mégantic-L'Érable, on
behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and
"Our government's top priorities are job creation, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Minister Paradis. "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 of tomorrow."
The Organisme de Récupération Anti-Pauvreté de l'Érable (O.R.A.P.É.) is receiving over $90,000 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).
Young people will participate in workshops to develop basic essential
behaviours and skills that help them enter the labour market, such as
communication, customer service and interview preparation. In the
context of group projects, they will discover their areas of interest
and put into practice their newly acquired skills in various fields,
such as computer science, cabinet making, recycling and merchandise
"These projects will help youth from the regional county municipality of
L'Érable who have social difficulties to reintegrate into society in a
constructive manner," said Pierre Calouri, Director General, O.R.A.P.É.
"As a result of this funding, we will be able to hold activities with
the young people to help them improve their independence and their
skills so they can return to the labour market."
With an annual budget 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.
Employers may submit applications for this year's Canada Summer Jobs
program until February 28th. Applications for employers are available
online at servicecanada.gc.ca/csj2013 and at Service Canada Centres.
Economic Action Plan 2012 is providing an additional $50 million over
two years to enhance YES through a new initiative that will connect
young Canadians with jobs in high demand and help them develop tangible
skills and gain work experience.
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.
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.
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: SERVICE CANADA
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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