BRANDON, MB, March 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada announced
new funding to support youth in southwestern Manitoba to help them gain
the knowledge they need to enter and succeed in the job market. The
announcement was made by Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament for
Brandon-Souris, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development.
"Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity," said Mr. Tweed. "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
The Manitoba School Counsellors' Association is receiving $25,000 from
the Youth Awareness program to help youth learn about educational and
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.
The association will organize Brandon Career Symposium 2013, a job fair
being held March 4-6, to promote education and employment opportunities
to high school students and other local youth. Attendees will meet
exhibitors from educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations
and the private sector and receive information to help with their
"Funding support from the Government of Canada is essential to our
initiative," said symposium coordinator Matt Duboff. "The Government's
relationship with the Brandon Career Symposium shows its consistent
commitment to employment and training in Western Manitoba and rural
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.
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
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
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth
employment initiatives, visit youth.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
For further information:
Office of Minister Finley
Media Relations Office
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
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