Government of Canada provides job opportunities for Québec youth

Youth facing barriers to employment benefit from job skills training and employment opportunities

QUÉBEC, Aug. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Building a strong middle class means giving Canada's youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs.

Today, Joël Lightbound, Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert and Parliamentary Secretary of the Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced a new project that will give youth in Québec job skills training and hands-on work experience.

Up to eight youth will participate in the project, which will be delivered by La Baratte thanks to nearly $112,000 in Government of Canada funding through the Skills Link program. The youth will develop skills to help them find and keep jobs, such as job search techniques and interview preparation. They will also gain valuable work experience in fields such as food service, maintenance and retail.


"We know that our communities are healthier and stronger when everyone can fully participate. Supporting youth as they move into the workforce is a key way in which we can grow our economy and strengthen the middle class."
– The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

"Developing Canada's youth is a priority. La Barratte's project is a concrete example of what we can achieve for youth by working in partnership with organizations across the country. Projects like this one can help put regular paycheques into the reach of those who need it. But more than that, they give young Canadians the chance to change their future."
– Joël Lightbound, Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert and Parliamentary Secretary of the Minister of Health

"The entire La Baratte team is very pleased with this announcement. Through the Skills Link program, we can help even more youth enter the labour market by training them in our various areas of work. Under our mission, this contribution will without a doubt be an important springboard for the workforce of tomorrow."
– Stéphane Paradis, Director General, La Baratte

Quick Facts

  • Skills Link is one of three program streams under the Government's Youth Employment Strategy (YES). Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million in YES to help support young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 30 to get the information, skills, job experience and abilities 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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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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