OTTAWA, Aug. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament for
Ottawa-Orléans, on behalf of the Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of
State (Social Development), today announced new measures introduced by
the Harper Government that will equip young Canadians with skills and
work experience needed to get jobs in high-demand fields.
"Our government is committed to creating jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity all across Canada," said Minister of State Bergen.
"Initiatives like this will connect youth with in-demand jobs while
ensuring that Canada's economy benefits from the skills and talents of
young Canadians. By investing in youth today, we are making sure they
are ready to become Canada's future workers and contribute to our
"Many young people are looking for work but can't get their foot in the
door due to a lack of experience," said Mr. Galipeau. "Thanks to
programs like the Youth Employment Strategy, our youth are developing
the skills they need to enter and succeed in the job market."
Mr. Galipeau's announcement is one of a series taking place across the
country. The Youth Employment Strategy will help over 1 900 youth
through $24 million in projects across the country, equipping them with
the hands-on experience they need to start their careers in high-demand
areas such as the skilled trades, tourism and health sciences, while
also helping employers address acute skilled labour shortages.
BioTalent Canada is benefiting from $1.5 million from the Career Focus
program through Economic Action Plan 2012 to help recent graduates get
hands-on experience for their future careers through paid internships
in the biotechnology industry, such as in pharmaceuticals, natural
resources and agriculture. Approximately, 110 youth will benefit from
this project funding. Career Focus is part of the Government of
Canada's Youth Employment Strategy (YES).
"BioTalent Canada is grateful for Government of Canada funding to
provide career-related work experience and for recognizing the needs of
the growing industry," said Rob Henderson, President, BioTalent Canada.
"We will be releasing the results from our recent Labour Market
Intelligence study next month. Those results indicate that successful
federal government programs like Career Focus wage subsidy program are
of critical importance to the small- and medium-sized businesses that
make up Canada's bio-economy."
Youth employment programs are part of the Government of Canada's
strategy to connect Canadians with available jobs. Economic Action Plan
2013 proposes new measures to equip Canadians with the skills and
training they need to fill skills shortages and succeed in the Canadian
labour market. These new measures include the Canada Job Grant, which
will invest in skills training for unemployed and underemployed
Canadians, better ensuring they are qualified to fill the high-quality,
well-paying jobs available. Economic Action Plan 2013 is also creating
opportunities for apprentices and providing support to
under-represented groups such as Canadians with disabilities,
Aboriginal people, newcomers and youth.
To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit actionplan.gc.ca.
The Government of Canada is helping youth plan their careers, learn new
skills and find jobs through enhanced online services available at youth.gc.ca.
The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help youth make a
successful transition to the workplace.
With annual funding of approximately $300 million, YES helps
youth—particularly those facing barriers to employment—obtain career
information, develop employment skills, find jobs and stay employed.
YES includes the Skills Link and Career Focus programs and the Canada
Summer Jobs initiative, which creates thousands of job opportunities
for students every summer. Since 2006, the Youth Employment Strategy
has helped more than 555 000 young people upgrade their skills, to the
benefit of the Canadian economy.
Skills Link helps youth facing barriers to employment—including youth who are
single parents, youth with disabilities, young newcomers and youth in
rural and remote areas—to develop the skills and gain the experience
needed to find a job or the confidence to return to school. Skills Link is receiving over $4.9 million through this Economic Action
Plan initiative to connect youth with in-demand jobs. Since 2006, the Skills Link initiative has helped over 179 000 youth
find better employment or return to school for skills upgrading.
Career Focus provides funding to employers to hire young post-secondary graduates to
give them career-related work experience and help them acquire skills
to transition into the job market. Career Focus is receiving over $19 million through this Economic Action
Plan initiative to connect youth with in-demand jobs. Since 2006, the Career Focus initiative has helped over 26 000
post-secondary students acquire crucial skills to help them transition
into the labour market.
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector
employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create
summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are
full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next
To learn more about Canada's Youth Employment Strategy and other youth
employment initiatives, visit youth.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Canada's Economic Action Plan