LONDON, ON, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Susan Truppe, Member of Parliament for
London North Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen,
Minister of State (Social Development), today announced more support
from the Government of Canada to equip young Canadians with
disabilities in the London area with the skills and work experience
needed to get in-demand jobs.
"Our government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity all across Canada and right here in the London
area," said Minister of State Bergen. "This initiative will help
connect youth with jobs while ensuring that Canada's economy benefits
from the skills and talents of young Canadians. By investing in youth
today, we are making sure they are ready to become Canada's future
workers and contribute to our long-term prosperity."
"Many young people are looking for work but can't get their foot in the
door due to a lack of experience," said Ms. Truppe. "Thanks to our
Youth Employment Strategy, young people are developing the skills they
need to enter and succeed in the job market."
The ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities Inc. is receiving more than
$374,000 from the Skills Link program to help youth facing barriers to
employment get the skills and knowledge they need to find jobs. This
program is part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy
(YES). Since 2006, the Youth Employment Strategy has helped more than
555 000 young people develop skills, to the benefit of the Canadian
Through workshops, ongoing coaching and work placements, 48 youth with
disabilities will gain valuable skills and work experience in industry
sectors such as service, business, and retail.
"We would like to thank the Government of Canada for the opportunity
that the Skills Link Funding is providing to youth facing multiple
barriers to employment in our area," said Vicki Mayer, Executive
Director, ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities Inc. "In addition to
building on their strengths and qualifications, participants will
develop new social and occupational skills, and strive to achieve their
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's
strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs and strengthen the
economy. Economic Action Plan 2013 equips Canadians with the skills and
training they need to fill skills shortages and succeed in the Canadian
These include the Canada Job Grant, which will invest in skills training
for unemployed and underemployed Canadians, better ensuring they are
qualified to fill the high-quality, well-paying jobs that are
available. Economic Action Plan 2013 is also creating opportunities for
apprentices and providing support to under-represented groups such as
Canadians with disabilities, Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth.
Economic Action Plan 2013 also strengthens federal programs for
Canadians with disabilities to help them get the skills and training
they need to prepare for and find work. This includes ongoing support
for the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities to help more
Canadians with disabilities train for in-demand jobs.
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.
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 $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.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including youth who are
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. Since 2006,
the Skills Link initiative has helped over 179 000 youth get jobs or
return to school.
Career Focus helps youth obtain the information, skills and experience they need to
make informed career decisions, find a job or further their
education—including providing career-related work experience. Since
2006, the Career Focus initiative has helped over 26 000 youth acquire
skills to help them transition into the labour 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
school year. The deadline for Canada Summer Jobs has changed.
Applications will be available online beginning in December and must be
submitted before January 10, 2014.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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