REGINA, June 27, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is helping equip
young Canadians in Saskatchewan with the skills and work experience
needed to get high-quality jobs. Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for
Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre, made the announcement today on behalf of
the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development).
The Saskatchewan Construction Association is receiving more than
$212,000 from the Skills Link program to help 36 youth in Regina,
Saskatoon, Weyburn and Prince Albert who face barriers to employment to
get the skills and knowledge they need to find jobs. The participants
will gain valuable hands-on experience to prepare for jobs in the
As Canada is facing labour shortages, the Government is investing in
youth employment, skills and apprenticeship programs to help connect
young Canadians with available jobs. Through Economic Action Plan 2014,
the Government is ensuring that investments in youth employment provide
young Canadians with real-life work experience in high-demand fields
such as science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the skilled
Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment
Strategy (YES) and has helped over 179,000 youth since 2006.
The Government of Canada is helping Canadian youth get the skills
employers are looking for with the Canada Job Grant, the Apprenticeship
Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant. The Government
also offers a tax credit to employers to encourage them to hire
apprentices and a tax deduction for apprentices and tradesmen to help
cover the cost of new tools.
Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to introduce the Canada Apprentice
Loan by expanding the Canada Student Loans program to provide
apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with access to over $100
million in interest-free loans each year. At least 26,000 apprentices
are expected to apply annually.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity. Today's announcement will help youth in
Saskatchewan get the skills needed to obtain jobs in today's economy."
- The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
"Since 2006, the Government has helped more than half a million young
Canadians develop the skills they need to help them succeed in the job
market. I am pleased to announce that young Canadians in Saskatchewan
will benefit from our initiatives to connect young people with jobs."
- Tom Lukiwski, Member of Parliament for Regina-Lumsden-Lake Centre
"The funding from the Government of Canada will be used to help
Saskatchewan employers in the construction trades sector respond to
labour market needs. The program will give youth a better understanding
of training requirements and career opportunities. It will also ease
the transition for youth into construction careers by linking training
programs with employment and jobs in the sector."
- Doug Folk, Vice-President of Industry Workforce Development,
Saskatchewan Construction Association
Youth Employment Strategy
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 $330 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 every summer. Since 2006, the Youth
Employment Strategy has helped more than 555,000 young people develop
skills, to the benefit of the Canadian economy. Through Economic Action
Plan 2014, the Government of Canada is investing $40 million towards
supporting up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and $15
million annually towards supporting up to 1,000 internships in small-
and medium-sized enterprises through the Youth Employment Strategy.
The Government of Canada provides a range of support—including Canada
Student Loans, Canada Student Grants, the Canada Learning Bond and the
Canada Education Savings Grant—to help young Canadians pursue and save
for their post-secondary education, so that they can acquire the skills
and training they need to succeed in the job market and in the future
The Canada Learning Bond is $500 deposited into a child's Registered
Education Savings Plan (RESP) by the Government of Canada. A child may
be eligible for another $100 per year up until the age of 15, depending
on family income. The maximum amount that a child can receive is
Through the Canada Education Savings Grant, the Government adds
20 percent on every dollar parents contribute to an RESP. A child could
receive up to $500 a year with this grant, up to a lifetime maximum of
$7,200. A child could also receive an additional 10 to 20 percent on
the first $500 that is contributed, depending on family income.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of the Minister
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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