Cheryl Announces Government Support for Youth Employment

Cheryl with Skills Link Team from Algonquin College in Pembroke, along with Brenda Sammon, owner of Victorian Rose Tea Room who is a recipient of the Skills Link Program

Pembroke, Ontario – Cheryl Gallant, M.P., was pleased to announce the Government of Canada’s initiative that is intended to help approximately 3,000 young Canadians find jobs in high-demand sectors of the economy.

“Our Government is committed to supporting youth employment and giving young Canadians better opportunities to develop the skills that are required for today’s labour market,” said MP Gallant. “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce; by investing in them we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity.”

In Economic Action Plan 2012, our Federal Conservative Government committed to investing $50 million over two years in the Youth Employment Strategy (YES) to introduce a new initiative that will help young Canadians develop the skills and obtain the experience they need to get jobs in high-demand sectors of the Canadian economy.

Eligible employers can receive funding through two existing Government programs: Skills Link and Career Focus. The Skills Link Program helps youth facing barriers to employment overcome barriers such as being single parents, living in remote areas or dropping out of high school. The Career Focus Program helps to create career-related work experiences for post-secondary graduates.

The deadline for applications for these projects is Friday, October 19th, 2012. For more information on these programs or on how to apply please, visit the Programs page.