The Government of Canada helps Gatineau youth prepare for jobs

GATINEAU, QC, Aug. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Local youth who face barriers to employment will get job preparation training and work experience through the Government of Canada's support for an employment project. The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.

"In today's environment, it is more important than ever that youth develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the job market," said Minister Cannon. "By supporting this project, we are helping Gatineau youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to reach their full potential."

The Association des gens d'affaires et professionnels du Vieux-Gatineau will receive $99,502 in federal Skills Link funding to support its project entitled Jeunes PRO, which will help six youth facing employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to work or return to school.

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. 

"It's important to give a leg up to youth who would otherwise have difficulty finding their place in the labour force or in society in general," said Ms. Pauline Bouchard, Executive Director of the Association. "In addition to having a direct impact on those participating in it, the project will benefit the community, since these young people will be involved in the revitalization of the public market in Notre-Dame and Vieux-Gatineau."

The federal government is working with the provinces and territories, community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the training, skills and opportunities they need to get jobs and contribute to their communities.

Through the 2010 "Jobs and Growth Budget," the Government of Canada committed an additional $60 million to the Skills Link and Career Focus programs. This additional one-time investment will enable more young Canadians to gain the experience and skills they need to successfully participate in the labour market while the economy recovers.

Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. 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 href="http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/">www.actionplan.gc.ca.

The Skills Link program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and benefits. For more information about this program, visit href="http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/">www.servicecanada.gc.ca, call 1 800 O-Canada or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.

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backgrounder


The mission of the Association des gens d'affaires et professionnels du Vieux-Gatineau is to promote economic development for the region's business people. This project will enable youth to participate in several activities related to the development of functional autonomy and employability skills, as well as community service and career planning.

As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians, particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information, develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.

Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and youth who have dropped out of high school. It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an individual's specific needs. The program supports youth in developing basic and advanced employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years of age—who are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits—are assisted through a coordinated approach, offering longer-term supports and services that can help them find and keep a job.

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: For further information:

(media only):

Michelle Bakos
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Finley
819-994-2482

Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
819-994-5559


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