Federal government support to assist youth transition to the workforce
NEW GLASGOW, NS, Aug. 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is
helping equip young Canadians in New Glasgow with the skills and work
experience needed to get jobs, today announced the Honourable Peter
MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and
Attorney General of Canada, and Member of Parliament for Central Nova,
on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social
Summer Street Industries is receiving more than $198,000 for a project
to help 10 youth facing barriers to employment find jobs.
Participants will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make a
successful transition to the job market or return to school. They will
gain useful tools such as problem solving and leadership skills. They
will benefit from work experience with private-sector employers in
areas such as office administration, retail and manufacturing. In
addition, each participant will be provided with a job coach to further
develop their individual skills.
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 to strengthen local economies.
The Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES) has helped
over 555,000 youth since 2006.
The Government of Canada is helping Canadian youth get the skills
employers are looking for with the Canada Job Grant and the
Apprenticeship Incentive and Completion Grants. The Government also
offers tax credits, such as the tuition, education and textbook tax
credits, tradesperson's tools deduction and the Apprenticeship Job
Creation Tax Credit.
Economic Action Plan 2014 is introducing the Canada Apprentice Loan
which provides apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with
interest-free loans of up to $4,000 to complete their technical
training. At least 26,000 apprentices are expected to apply annually.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity.That includes helping to equip young Canadians
with the right education, skills and training they need to find good
jobs. Today's announcement will help youth in New Glasgow get the
skills and experience needed to obtain jobs in today's economy."
- The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development)
"Preparing our youth to enter the job market or go back to school to
gain more skills is crucial to ensuring a more prosperous and
independent future for themselves and to strengthen the economy in our
communities. Since 2006, our 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 extremely pleased to announce that
youth in New Glasgow will benefit from our initiatives to connect young
people with jobs and to new opportunities for personal and professional
- The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister
of Justice and Member of Parliament for Central Nova
"Skills Link funding assists Summer Street Industries clients to achieve
and to live full and rewarding lives. Summer Street has participated in
the Skills Link program over the past five years and has supported over
40 youth facing employment barriers to successfully return to the
- Robert Bennett, Executive Director, Summer Street Industries
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 between the ages of 15 and
30 get the information and gain the skills, job experience and
abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace.
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.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including 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. Skills Link has helped over
179,000 youth since 2006.
Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the labour market through
paid internships and helps to provide youth with the information and
experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job
and/or pursue advanced studies. Since 2006, the Career Focus initiative
has helped over 26,000 youth acquire skills needed to join the job
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. Since it began in 2007, Canada Summer Jobs has helped over
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 under the Youth
The Government of Canada also 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 economy.
SOURCE: Employment and Social Development Canada
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