DELTA, BC, April 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is helping equip youth in Delta with the skills and experience they need to find jobs. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Delta–Richmond East, on behalf of the Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC received over $367,000 through the Skills Link program for its project to help 36 youth in Delta gain the skills and experience they need to find jobs.
Project participants benefited from group workshops to learn or improve useful jobs skills such as problem solving and teamwork. They gained work experience with local employers in areas such as child care, landscaping and marketing. Some participants also obtained specialized training, such as health and safety certification.
This is part of the Government of Canada's overall strategy to equip all Canadians with the skills and training they need to connect with available jobs.
Today's announcement is one example of what the Government is doing to help Canadians. To help hard-working families, the Government is also enhancing the Universal Child Care Benefit, introducing the Family Tax Cut and making improvements to the Child Care Expenses Deduction and the Children's Fitness Tax Credit.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, which includes the Skills Link program, has helped over 611,000 youth.
- The Government of Canada is helping Canadian youth get the skills employers are looking for with the Canada Job Grant, apprenticeship grants and the new Canada Apprentice Loan. The Government also offers tax credits, such as the tuition, education and textbook tax credits, the tradesperson's tools deduction and the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.
- Economic Action Plan 2014 introduced the Canada Apprentice Loan, which provides apprentices registered in Red Seal trades with interest-free loans of up to $4,000 to complete their technical training. Loans are interest-free until apprentices complete or leave their apprenticeship training program, up to a maximum of six years. At least 26,000 apprentices are expected to apply annually.
- The Universal Child Care Benefit would increase from $100 to $160 per month (totalling up to $1,920 per year) for children under the age of 6, and parents would receive a new benefit of $60 per month (up to $720 per year) for each child aged 6 through 17.
"Our Government is helping Canadians get the skills and training they need to find good jobs and build better futures for themselves and their families. I am pleased that youth in Delta have benefited from our initiatives to connect Canadians with jobs."
– The Honourable Pierre Poilievre, Minister of Employment and Social Development
"We are proud to work with local organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC to help young people, including right here in Delta, develop the skills they need to enter and succeed in the job market. Initiatives like Skills Link help connect youth with jobs while ensuring that Canada's economy benefits from the skills and talents of young Canadians."
– The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Delta–Richmond East
"We are pleased to be partnering with the Government of Canada on this project. Boys and Girls Clubs have been successfully providing employment services in Delta since 1981 and in Richmond since 2003. We thank the Government of Canada and all our employer partners for their support."
– Carolyn Tuckwell, President & CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC
The Youth Employment Strategy (YES) is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a successful transition to the workplace. With annual funding of approximately $330 million, YES helps youth between the ages of 15 and 30 get the information and gain the skills and work experience they need to succeed in the workplace. YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs, as well as the Canada Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students every summer.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers 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. Skills Link has helped over 191,000 youth since 2006.
Career Focus helps post-secondary graduates transition to the job market through paid internships and helps to provide youth with the information and experience they need to make informed career decisions, find a job or pursue advanced studies. Since 2006, Career Focus has helped over 29,000 youth.
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 school year. Since it began in 2007, Canada Summer Jobs has helped over 304,000 students.
Through Economic Action Plan 2014, the Government of Canada is investing $40 million towards supporting up to 3,000 internships in high-demand fields and $15 million annually towards supporting up to 1,000 internships in small and medium-sized enterprises under the Youth Employment Strategy.
The Government of Canada also provides a range of support—including Canada Student Loans, Canada Student Grants, the Canada Learning Bond and the Canada Education Savings Grant—to help young Canadians pursue and save for their post-secondary education, so that they can acquire the skills and training they need to succeed in the job market.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
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