Young people in Québec get help from Canada's New Government

    SAINTE-FOY, QC, Aug. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Luc Harvey, Member of Parliament
for Louis-Hébert, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human
Resources and Social Development, today announced $96,000 in funding under the
Youth Skills Link program for a project that will help young people enter the
labour market.
    "Canada's New Government is pleased to provide financial assistance for
La Baratte's Tandem project," said Mr. Harvey. "This project offers the
opportunity for Quebec youth to acquire the skills and knowledge required to
find employment and keep it in the long term."
    Through the Tandem project, the La Baratte agency offers young people
work experience, in addition to labour market training, as part of a food
production team. Since 1999, La Baratte has been providing food security for
people who are disadvantaged, and it runs projects and activities that foster
skills development and social integration for the poor and marginalized,
taking an approach that is respectful of their differences.
    In the work platforms under the project, two sets of four young people
will prepare dishes to be made available to individuals and families living in
poverty. This experience will enable the young people to acquire personal and
job skills and knowledge that will help them integrate society and the labour
market. In addition, the experience will improve their self-esteem and help
them take control of their futures.
    Service Canada supports this project financially through the Skills Link
program, which helps youth facing barriers to employment obtain the knowledge,
skills and work experience they need to participate in the job market.
    Skills Link is one of three programs for youth. The other two are Summer
Work Experience and Career Focus. These programs offer a range of activities
to meet individual needs.

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