Government of Canada helps 220 youth with disabilities overcome barriers to employment

QUÉBEC, Aug. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - When Canada's young people get the training and experience they need to be able to find and keep good jobs, our middle class grows and our economy thrives.

Today, the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced that the Government of Canada will provide funding to help 220 young people with disabilities overcome barriers to getting a job or going back to school. The SPHERE-Québec Mon Emploi sur mesure project will receive over $2.8 million from the Government of Canada's Skills Link program.

Through the SPHERE-Québec Mon Emploi sur mesure project, youth will attend sessions that are tailored to their needs. These include hands-on workshops that allow participants to improve their essential skills through workshops in planning, communications and teamwork. Participants will also receive interactive training related to recognized best practices in job search, resumé writing and interview preparation, as well as digital technology. This project also provides valuable work experience for young people in sectors including retail, food service, maintenance, hospitality and tourism.


"Our government is firmly focused on giving everyone a real and fair chance to succeed. By investing in young people to give them a strong start in their working lives, we're making a real difference in this community."
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

"We are proud to work with organizations who help young people get the job skills and the hands-on experience they need to succeed in the job market. This is part of our plan to grow the middle class and help those working hard to join it."
– the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

"Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada, through the Skills Link Program, SPHERE will be able to offer even more young people with disabilities access to innovative and customized services and tools, including training that is recognized and adapted to their individual needs. Our goal is not only for them to become successfully integrated into the workplace, but also for their training to fill the needs expressed by previously contacted employer groups seeking workers."
Nancy Moreau, Director General, SPHERE-Québec

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
Skills Link Program

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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,, 819-654-5613; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559,

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