The Government of Canada helps youth from the D'Autray Regional County Municipality find jobs

    SAINT-GABRIEL-DE-BRANDON, QC, Jan. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Youth from the
D'Autray Regional County Municipality will be able to acquire the skills they
need to find and keep quality jobs thanks to a Government of Canada project.
The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government
Services, made the announcement earlier today on behalf of the Honourable
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
    "The Government is committed to developing the most educated, qualified
and flexible workforce in the world," stated Minister Paradis. "Our
partnership with the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de D'Autrey-Joliette will help
youth from the region to acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to take
full advantage of the opportunities the employment market has to offer."
    Through the Skills Link program, the Government of Canada will provide
nearly $100,000 to the Brandon solidaire mentoring project, which will help 10
unemployed youths facing employment barriers develop the skills they need to
successfully find and keep a job or return to school.
    The Skills Link program is offered throughout the country by Service
Canada, which brings Government of Canada services and benefits together in a
single delivery network. It provides Canadians with one-stop, personalized
service they can access however they choose-by phone at 1 800 O-Canada, on the
Internet at, or in person at Service Canada Centres
across the country.

    This news release is available in alternative formats on request.

    For more information on the Skills Link program, please visit the
program's Web site at


    Skills Link is one of three programs implemented by the Government of
Canada to help young Canadians between 15 and 30 get useful career
information, develop their skills, acquire professional work experience, find
a job and, more importantly, keep it. The two other programs are Summer Work
Experience and Career Focus.
    The Skills Link program is designed for young people facing employment
barriers, such as dropouts, single parents, young Aboriginal people, disabled
persons, youth living in rural areas and recent immigrants. The Summer Work
Experience program helps secondary and post-secondary students find summer
jobs. The Career Focus program helps post-secondary graduates develop their
skills and find employment in their field of study. The three programs include
different activities that can be tailored to the unique needs and
specifications of each participant.
    The Skills Link program has many components: for the Brandon solidaire
project, the Carrefour jeunesse-emploi de D'Autrey-Joliette will develop the
employability skills of young participants while serving the community. The
revitalization of Ville Saint-Gabriel will help young people hone their
carpentry skills. Upon the completion of the project, they will install their
creations all around the city: park benches, flower boxes, decorative fences,

    For more information on these programs, visit or

For further information:

For further information: (media only): Michelle Bakos, Press Secretary,
Office of the Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, (819)
994-2482; Pascal Doucet, Media Relations, Service Canada, (514) 982-2384, ext.
2209; General information: 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232), TTY:
1-800-926-9105;; Youth Info Line: 1-800-935-5555;

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