Government of Canada helps youth develop employment and life skills

    LONGUEUIL, QC, Feb. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is
supporting a local employment project that will help Longueuil youth who have
difficulty finding and keeping jobs, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of
Human Resources and Skills Development, announced today.
    "In today's environment, it is more important than ever that youth
develop the skills needed to participate and succeed in the job market," said
Minister Finley. "By working with our community partners to support this
project, we are helping at-risk young Canadians gain the skills, knowledge and
work experience they need to reach their full potential."
    Macadam Sud will receive $107,660 in federal funding through the
Government of Canada's Skills Link Program. Through the organization's Focus
sur ma ville project, nine youth participants will be given an opportunity to
develop the necessary skills required to help them gain full-time employment
or pursue further education.
    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 this commitment last month when it introduced Canada's
Economic Action Plan, a key component of which is to create more and better
opportunities for Canadian workers through skills development.
    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, go on
the Internet at or visit your local Service Canada Centre.

    A backgrounder is attached.

    This news release is available in alternative formats upon request.


    Between October 6, 2008, and March 27, 2009, this project will provide
nine youth facing employment barriers with an opportunity to gain employment
skills. Through developmental workshops, participants will acquire employment
and communication skills, as well as self-esteem and self-confidence. The
selected participants will be youth aged 16 to 30 with low levels of education
who are unemployed and not currently receiving Employment Insurance benefits.
    Macadam Sud is a non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute
significantly to improving the living conditions of people, mainly aged 12 to
35, by providing information and training that meets their needs, guidance and
support in living environments in which they live, and expertise in
psychosocial intervention.
    As part of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, the
Skills Link program is one of three Government of Canada programs that help
young Canadians facing barriers to employment obtain career information,
develop skills, gain work experience, find good jobs and stay employed.
    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 youth who have dropped
out of high school. 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 supports 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; Pascal Doucet, Medias Relations
Coordinator for Quebec Region, (514) 982-2384, ext. 2209; Media Relations
Office, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, (819) 994-5559

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