Government of Canada helps Quebec youth prepare for jobs

    QUEBEC CITY, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Local youth who face barriers to
employment will get job-preparation training and work experience through the
Government of Canada's support for a local employment project. Ms. Sylvie
Boucher, Parliamentary Secretary for Status of Women and Member of Parliament
for Beauport-Limoilou, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development.
    "In today's environment, it is more important than ever that all
Canadians develop the skills they need to participate and succeed in the
labour market," said Ms. Boucher. "By supporting this project, we are helping
Quebec youth develop the skills, knowledge and work experience they need to
reach their full potential."
    The Centre résidentiel et communautaire Jacques-Cartier will receive
$83,507 in federal Skills Link funding, which will help seven youth facing
employment barriers develop life and job skills to ease their transition to
work or their return to school.
    "It is important to provide spaces for action and experimentation that
are tailored for young adults, so that they can become a part of the labour
force, act as citizens and improve their quality of life," said Ms. Nathalie
Bouchard, Coordinator of the Centre résidentiel et communautaire
Jacques-Cartier. "While participants attend various training workshops focused
on skills acquisition and the development of personal and artistic abilities,
the project will also allow them to work together to create murals that will
beautify the premises of two partner organizations."
    Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such
as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent
immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and high school dropouts.
    The federal government is working with the provinces and territories,
community organizations and other stakeholders to provide Canadians with the
training, skills and opportunities they need to participate in the workforce
and contribute to their communities.
    Skills Link is part of the Government of Canada's strategy to create the
best educated, most skilled and most flexible workforce in the world. 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, please visit

    The Skills Link program is delivered by Service Canada, which provides
one-stop personalized services for Government of Canada programs, services and
benefits. For more information about this program, call 1 800 O-Canada, visit or drop by your local Service Canada Centre.


    Founded in 1992, the Centre résidentiel et communautaire Jacques-Cartier
is a non-profit organization that helps youth between the ages of 16 and 35
develop skills that will allow them to maximize their full potential and
better integrate into society. The organization's activities encourage
artisitic expression and creativity by allowing youth to work together towards
a common goal. Between July 13 and December 18, 2009, the organization will
help seven youth facing barriers to employment make progress in terms of their
integration into both society and the labour market by providing them with
work experience in the visual arts.
    As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the
Skills Link program is one of three programs that help young Canadians,
particularly those facing barriers to employment, obtain career information,
develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed. The
other two programs are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus.
    Skills Link focuses on helping youth facing barriers to employment, such
as single parents, Aboriginal youth, young persons with disabilities, recent
immigrants, youth living in rural and remote areas, and high school dropouts.
It offers a client-centred approach based on assessing an individual's
specific needs. The program supports youth in developing basic and advanced
employment skills. Eligible participants between 15 and 30 years of age-who
are not receiving Employment Insurance benefits-are assisted through a
coordinated approach, offering longer-term support and services that can help
them find and keep a job.

For further information:

For further information: (media only): Michelle Bakos, Press Secretary,
Office of Minister Finley, (819) 994-2482; Media Relations Office, Human
Resources and Skills Development Canada, (819) 994-5559; This news release is
available in alternate formats upon request.

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