MASCOUCHE, QC, Feb. 28, 2019 /CNW/ - Canada's prosperity depends on young Canadians getting a fair chance at success in the labour market. By helping them gain the skills and experience they need to launch meaningful careers, we are investing in our greatest asset—our people.
Today, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier, announced funding that will continue to help young Canadians develop their skills and get hands-on work experience. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour.
The Government of Canada highlighted an investment of over $950,000 for the Encadrons ton avenir ensemble project involving 84 participants. Funding is being provided to Atelier spécialisé les Moulins under the Skills Link program, which is part of the Youth Employment Strategy.
Skills Link supports projects that help young people who face more barriers to employment than others get employability skills and gain valuable job experience, which in turn helps them make a successful transition into the workforce or go back to school. This could include youth who have not completed high school, single parents, Indigenous youth, youth with disabilities, newcomers or youth living in rural or remote areas.
"We know that our communities are healthier and stronger when everyone can fully participate. Supporting youth as they transition into the workforce and giving them the training they need to succeed 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
"The project that has been offered by Atelier spécialisé les Moulins has directly and positively affected young people who have been able to build a career in their chosen field. Our government is proud of projects like this that enable young Canadians to reach their full potential and turn their ambitions into reality."
– The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Honoré-Mercier
"The project will give our clients the opportunity to gain skills and attitudes transferable to the labour market, to help them transition into employment successfully and sustainably. Skills Link supported us in our mission, one that we have been carrying out for over 20 years, by enabling us to provide service to youths aged 16 to 18 and young people under 35 with no income. Our main goal is to help these young people to build their self-esteem and their sense of civic duty, to get their lives back on track and plan for their futures."
– Renée Chartier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Atelier spécialisé les Moulins
- Canada's future prosperity depends on young people getting the education and work experience they need to succeed. Each year, the Government invests over $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy to help young people gain the skills and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
- Through Budget 2018, the Government provides an additional $448.5 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, to the Youth Employment Strategy. This funding will support the continued increase of the number of job placements funded under the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2019–20.
- Budget 2017 invested an additional $395.5 million over three years. 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 more than 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada
For further information: Véronique Simard, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Patty Hajdu, P.C., M.P., Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, [email protected], 819-654-5611; Media Relations Office, Employment and Social Development Canada, 819-994-5559, [email protected]