Statement by the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 21, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, made the following statement:

"I am pleased to receive and share with Canadians the interim report of the Expert Panel on Youth Employment. Our government knows that prosperity for the middle class will increasingly depend on young Canadians getting the tools they need to access the jobs of today and of tomorrow. The Expert Panel on Youth Employment is examining the barriers young people face, including vulnerable youth, in finding and keeping jobs. 

Since its inaugural meeting this past October, the Expert Panel has been out in the field doing impressive work, hearing from young people, researchers, employers, community organizations and service providers about the challenges and opportunities Canadian youth face in today's fast-moving and ever-changing labour market. They have organized more than 120 discussions with over 300 participants and representatives from provincial and territorial governments, rural and remote communities, Indigenous groups, businesses, labour unions, not‑for‑profits, think tanks and the academic community in cities and regions all across Canada.

I want to thank the Panel's chair, Vasiliki Bednar, as well as the seven panelists for their hard work. I look forward to receiving the Panel's full and final report in March 2017."

The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour


"Our government made a commitment to invest in our young people—an investment we recognize as an investment in Canada's future. The Expert Panel on Youth Employment will be providing bold and valuable ideas on breaking down barriers for young Canadians, which will have an important impact on the lives of young people."
Peter Schiefke, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth)   

Background on the Expert Panel on Youth Employment's next steps:

The Panel also launched two surveys—one for youth and another for employers, service providers and counsellors—to learn about the innovative things they are doing to support youth employment and to share their ideas about what should be done to improve job opportunities for young people in Canada. In addition, the Panel reached out to young Canadians through its Facebook page and on Twitter, using #YouthPanel to encourage users to join the conversation. The Panel is also taking submissions by email at jeunes‑  

In addition to the work that the Panel has undertaken, it will also be conducting roundtable discussions across Canada in the new year. Beginning in January, roundtables will be held across Canada, including in Ottawa, Moncton, Montréal, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Québec, Vancouver and Toron­to. In the meantime, the Panel invites young Canadians, employers, service providers and counsellors to complete one of its two surveys.

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SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada

For further information: Contacts : Jean-Bruno Villeneuve, Press Secretary, Office of the Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, 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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