ALBERTON, PEI, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada announced
new funding to support youth in West Prince County to help them gain
the knowledge they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The
announcement was made by the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National
Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on
behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Minister Shea. "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
West Prince Ventures Ltd. is receiving $20,000 from the Youth Awareness
program to help youth who are out of school learn about career options.
Youth Awareness complements the Government of Canada's Youth Employment
Strategy (YES). It provides financial assistance for projects designed
to promote youth as the workforce of the future.
At a one-day forum on March 13, youth participants will be provided with
information on local job trends and employment opportunities. They will
learn about entrepreneurship as a career option, receive advice on
making a successful transition into the workforce and also network with
"We want to thank the Government of Canada for their continued support
in assisting our youth and contributing to the growth of West Prince's
economy," said Jessica Dorgan-Trail, Vice Chair, Community Business
Development Corporation (CBDC) West Prince Ventures Ltd. "This third
annual young entrepreneurs forum will support youth in their career
decisions and encourage them to succeed."
With annual funding 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.
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 that are in high demand and help them develop
tangible skills and gain work experience.
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.
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 Awareness complements the Youth Employment Strategy. It provides financial
assistance for projects designed to promote youth as the workforce of
the future and aims to expand their awareness of career and educational
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: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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This news release is available online at actionplan.gc.ca.