Government of Canada helps 144 youth overcome barriers to employment

MONTRÉAL, Aug. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Giving Canadian youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs will help grow the middle class and strengthen our economy.

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that Accès-Travail de Montréal will help 144 young people in the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve area overcome barriers to employment, develop essential job skills or return to school.

The Government of Canada will provide over $1.2 million in funding for the project "Ensemble vers l'intégration-5" through the Skills Link program of the Government's Youth Employment Strategy. Through this project, Accès-Travail de Montréal will provide participants with workshops that are tailored to their needs. This project will also provide participants with work experience with private sector and non-profit employers in the Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve area, in sectors such as retail, health services and hospitality.

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"Supporting youth, including those with disabilities, means giving everyone a real and fair chance to succeed. Our government is firmly focused on inclusive growth, which means ensuring that every Canadian has a fair shot at success." 
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

"For the last five years, the Government of Canada has provided us with support through the Skills Link program. This has helped several youth between 18 and 30 years of age, particularly those in our Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood, regain confidence in their skills and get back into the work force. Through this program, these youth can get a sustainable, enriching job that helps them find their place in our society. I would like to thank the federal government for this support. I hope that our youth can continue to benefit from guidance and support when they go back to work. This is essential for them and for the society of tomorrow."
Sylvie Mercier, Executive Director, Accès-Travail de Montréal

Quick Facts

  • Each year the Government invests more than $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
  • Total funding for YES was increased by $278 million in 2016–17, representing the largest investment since its launch.
  • Budget 2017 is investing an additional $395.5 million over three years for YES, starting in 2017–18.
  • Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments will help:
    • more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school;
    • create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and
    • provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.

 

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Youth Employment Strategy

The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. 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 workforce. YES includes Skills Link, Career Focus and Summer Work Experience and is delivered by 11 federal departments.

  • Summer Work Experience provides wage subsidies to employers to create summer employment for secondary and post-secondary students. The Summer Work Experience program includes Canada Summer Jobs.
  • Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including single parents, youth with disabilities, Indigenous youth, young newcomers and youth in rural and remote areas—to develop employability skills and gain the experience they need to find a job or return to school.
  • Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the labour market through paid internships. It helps provide youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job or pursue advanced studies.

Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million through YES to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to find and keep good jobs.

Budget 2016 provided $165.4 million in 2016–17 for YES to create new green jobs for youth, increase the number of youth who access the Skills Link program and support employment opportunities in the heritage sector. In 2016, the Government of Canada nearly doubled the Canada Summer Jobs program, creating tens of thousands of additional jobs for young people each year.

To further expand employment opportunities for young Canadians, Budget 2017 provided an additional $395.5 million over three years for YES, starting in 2017–18.

Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments will help more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school; create 15,000 new green jobs for young Canadians; and provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.

 

SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: Matt Pascuzzo, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, matt.pascuzzo@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca, 819-654-5613; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, media@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca


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