The Government of Canada helps young people in the Matawinie Regional County Municipality improve their employability

    SAINT-JEAN-DE-MATHA, QC, Feb. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence
Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister
responsible for Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of
Human Resources and Social Development, today announced funding for the
Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Matawinie of Saint-Jean-de-Matha to help 10 young
people in the Matawinie Regional County Municipality improve their
    "The Government of Canada helps young people overcome obstacles to
employment so they can re-enter the labour market," said Minister Cannon.
"This project with the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Matawinie of
Saint-Jean-de-Matha will help young Quebeckers who face barriers to employment
acquire the skills, knowledge, and work experience they need to find and keep
quality jobs."
    The Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Matawinie will receive more than $164,000
to help 10 young people, aged 16 to 30, acquire the skills they need to
reintegrate into the work force. The participants will take part in a 44-week
project. The first part of the project involves activities related to personal
growth and employability; the second part involves activities to help
participants acquire skills in planning, teamwork, and respect for work
schedules, which they will acquire by working in fruit and vegetable farming
and the agricultural processing industry.
    Since 1996, the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi Matawinie has offered services
to help youth. Its team has developed expertise in intervention, the
integration of young adults into society and the workplace, and the
coordination of projects involving community needs.
    Service Canada provides project funding through the Skills Link program,
which helps youth facing barriers to employment obtain the knowledge, skills,
and experience they need to participate in the work force.

    Skills Link is one of three Government of Canada programs for youth. The
two others are Summer Work Experience and Career Focus. These programs offer a
range of activities to meet each participant's needs.

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For further information: Media inquiries: Pascal Doucet, Media Relations
Coordinator, Service Canada Communications, (514) 982-2384, ext. 2209; Media
Relations Office, Service Canada, (819) 994-5559; Public inquiries: 1 800
O-Canada (1-800-622-6232), TTY: 1-800-926-9105,; Youth
Info Line, 1-800-935-5555,

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