VANCOUVER, Aug. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister
of State (Social Development), today announced new measures introduced
by the Harper Government that will help equip young Canadians with
skills and work experience to get jobs in high-demand fields.
"Our government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity all across Canada and right here in Vancouver,"
said Minister of State Bergen. "Initiatives like this will connect
youth with in-demand jobs while ensuring that Canada's economy benefits
from the skills and talents of young Canadians. By investing in youth
today, we are making sure they are ready to become Canada's future
workers and contribute to our long-term prosperity."
Skills and labour shortages are some of the biggest obstacles to
Canada's economic growth. The Youth Employment Strategy will provide
$24 million to help over 1 900 youth in projects across the country.
This will give young people the hands-on experience they need to start
their careers in high-demand areas such as the skilled trades, tourism
and health sciences, and also help employers address acute skilled
Minister of State Bergen made the announcement at the YMCA of Greater
Vancouver. This organization is benefiting from more than $1.4 million
to help post-secondary graduates gain useful work experience for their
future careers through paid internships in high-demand fields such as
mining, transportation and health care. These private sector work
placements will take place with employers in British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.
The YMCA of Greater Vancouver is also benefiting from more than $546,000
through this initiative to provide youth in the Lower Mainland,
Okanagan and Vancouver Island regions with on-the-job experience.
"The YMCA is committed to helping youth and young adults reach their
full potential through its employment programs," says Steve Butz,
President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Vancouver. "Thanks to the funding
the YMCA of Greater Vancouver has received from the Government of
Canada, we will be able to continue to help youth facing significant
barriers to employment, those entering the labour market for the first
time, and young adults lacking sufficient education or experience to
advance in today's labour market."
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's
strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes new measures to equip Canadians with the skills and
training they need to fill skills shortages and succeed in the Canadian
labour market. These new measures include the Canada Job Grant, which
will invest in skills training for unemployed and underemployed
Canadians, better ensuring they are qualified to fill the high-quality,
well-paying jobs available. Economic Action Plan 2013 is also creating
opportunities for apprentices and providing support to
under-represented groups such as Canadians with disabilities,
Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new
skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.
IF THERE IS A DISCREPANCY BETWEEN ANY PRINTED VERSION AND THE ELECTRONIC
VERSION OF THIS NEWS RELEASE, THE ELECTRONIC VERSION WILL PREVAIL.
This news release is available online at actionplan.gc.ca.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace.
With annual funding of approximately $300 million, YES helps
youth—particularly those facing barriers to employment—obtain career
information, develop skills, find jobs and stay employed. YES includes
the Skills Link and Career Focus programs, and the Canada Summer Jobs
initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities for students
every summer. Since 2006, the Youth Employment Strategy has helped more
than 555 000 young people upgrade their skills, to the benefit of the
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 is receiving over $4.9 million through this Economic Action
Plan initiative to connect youth with in-demand jobs. Since 2006, the Skills Link initiative has helped over 179 000 young
people find better employment or return to school for skills upgrading.
Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to
give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills
to transition into the job market. Career Focus is receiving over $19 million through this Economic Action
Plan initiative to connect youth with in-demand jobs. Since 2006, the Career Focus initiative has helped over
26 000 post-secondary students acquire crucial skills and transition
into the labour market.
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
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth
employment initiatives, please visit youth.gc.ca.
Image with caption: "Mr. Kenneth Loi, Eka Innovations/Procurify CEO; Mr. Vincent Tsui, Career Focus program participant; Minister Bergen; Mr. Steve Butz, YMCA President and CEO; and Ms. Yael Drinkle, YMCA Manager, Employment & Training. (CNW Group/Canada's Economic Action Plan)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130828_C8801_PHOTO_EN_30227.jpg
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan
For further information:
Office of the Minister of State (Social Development)
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
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