Toronto : Building a strong middle class means giving Canada’s youth the tools they need to find and keep good jobs. The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, announced funding that will help young Canadians develop their skills and get hands-on work experience during a visit at Youth Employment Services.
The Government of Canada will provide almost $8 million in funding to Youth Employment Services for its BizStart and Youth Collaboration/Job Central projects through the Skills Link program. These projects will help up to 1188 youth gain work experience and develop the skills they need to launch or grow a business, find and keep good-quality jobs or return to school. Through the BizStart project, participants will receive entrepreneurial training, which can include training in marketing, business planning, management, web design and other business-related topics. Youth are then matched with a mentor from the business community for ongoing support and advice. Through the Youth Collaboration/Job Central project, participants get valuable work experience with local employers in industries such as retail, food service, trades/construction, and hospitality/tourism.
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour said “We know that our communities are healthier and stronger when everyone can fully participate. Supporting youth as they transition into the workforce and providing them with the training they need to succeed is a key way in which we can grow our economy and strengthen the middle class.”
Speaking on the funding grant, Timothy Lang, President and Chief Executive Officer, Youth Employment Services said, “The Government of Canada’s funding and support has helped Youth Employment Services and youth employment providers across the country change countless lives. For every dollar of funding, it returns several to the economy in terms of tax revenues and reducing social services, and helps create a sense of self-worth and dignity for each individual.”
-Each year, the Government invests more than $330 million in the Youth Employment Strategy to help young people gain the skills, abilities and work experience they need to find and maintain good employment.
-Budget 2016 invested an additional $165.4 million in the Youth Employment Strategy in 2016–17.
-Budget 2017 invested an additional $395.5 million over three years in the Youth Employment Strategy, starting in 2017–18. -Combined with Budget 2016 measures, these investments will help more than 33,000 vulnerable youth develop the skills they need to find work or go back to school, create 15,000 new green jobs for youth and provide over 1,600 new employment opportunities for youth in the heritage sector.
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