The Government of Canada helps young people in Lévis find jobs



    LEVIS, QC, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Steven Blaney, Member of Parliament
for Lévis-Bellechasse, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of
Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for the
Service d'appui régional en immigration (SARI), which will help young
immigrants in the Lévis area to find jobs.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to work with local community
organizations to help create opportunities for young Quebeckers," said
Mr. Blaney. "This project will help young immigrants who face barriers to
employment get the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to find and
keep quality jobs."
    The over $49,000 in funding that SARI is receiving will enable young
immigrants who have difficulty entering the labour market improve their
employability. SARI is a not-for-profit organization set up by a variety of
cultural communities, and has been active in the Lévis region for many years.
Its mission is to help facilitate the social, cultural, economic integration
of newcomers to Quebec, as well as help them join the labour force
    Participants will be given the opportunity to take part in a 20-week
workplace internship, which will help improve their employability and ability
to secure long-term jobs. Throughout the project, the young people will also
take part in workshops to develop their basic job skills, functional autonomy
and employment readiness. They will also make use of intercultural and
interracial awareness training tools.
    Service Canada provides project funding through the Skills Link program,
which helps youth facing barriers to employment obtain the knowledge, skills,
and work experience they need to participate in the job market.

    Skills Link is one of three Government of Canada programs for youth. The
other two are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus. These programs offer a
range of activities to meet each participant's needs.

    Service Canada brings Government of Canada services and benefits together
in a single delivery network. It provides Canadians with one-stop service they
can access however they choose-by phone at 1 800 O-Canada, online at
servicecanada.gc.ca, or in person at Service Canada Centres across the
country.

    This news release is available in alternative formats on request. Call
1-800-788-8282 on a touch-tone phone or through a teletypewriter (TTY).




For further information:

For further information: Media inquiries: Pascal Doucet, Media Relations
Coordinator, Service Canada Communications, (514) 982-2384, ext. 2209; Media
Relations Office, Service Canada, (819) 994-5559; Public inquiries:
1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232), TTY: 1-800-926-9105, servicecanada.gc.ca;
Youth Info Line, 1-800-935-5555, www.youth.gc.ca

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